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  • Jul 8-14, 2009
  • Vol. 29, No. 39

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  • Depp charge

    Michael Mann manhandles Dillinger with psychological fetishes, visual splendor and Johnny’s cheekbones
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  • Tetro

    This florid melodrama is filled with smoldering passions and deeply buried family secrets. Vincent Gallo is perfectly cast as the title’s seething, bitterly stifled artist, haunted by his shadowy past and the notion that he’s never quite lived up to his potential. He’s been in semi-exile for a decade, hiding away in a funky Buenos Aires neighborhood far away from his posh New York family, until his much younger kid brother (exceptional newcomer Alden Ehrenreich) comes calling unannounced. Together these two begin to explore their dark, fractured history and the world of eccentric artists around them, including a Pauline Kael-like literary critic who holds the key to Tetro’s creative revival.
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  • Moon

    In Moon, directed by Duncan Jones (aka Zowie Bowie, son of David), you get a double-dip of the talents of unconventional actor Sam Rockwell. Working from a script by Nathan Parker and a well-spent budget of $5 million, Jones taps into the panicky, paranoid sci-fi of the ’70s to meditate on personal identity, corporate greed and the evolving relationship between man and machine. Though Rockwell probably won’t be considered at Oscar time, the actor gracefully captures both the defeated melancholy and indomitable fire of the human spirit.
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