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Wednesday, January 31, 2001

Gilded Lily

Gillian Anderson is a woman trapped by class and convention.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Director Terence Davies’ adaptation of Edith Wharton's bleak novel (set in New York in the early 1900s) follows the downward trajectory of a young woman (Gillian Anderson) whose independence of mind balks at the idea of settling down — with Eric Stoltz, Anthony LaPaglia and Dan Ackroyd.

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Madadayo

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Akira Kurosawa's 30th and final film, made in 1992 when the director was 82 and only just released in the United States last year, centers around a retiring professor and his worshipful group of former students — a faltering swan song, but one with enough quiet grace to honor its director.

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Save the Last Dance

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Is blood thicker than blondes? Director Thomas Carter knows how to shoot dance and shines when he lets his camera do most of the talking. But its unflinching confrontation of race and women’s issues is what saves Save the Last Dance.

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Malena

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The new film from Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) fairly glows with nostalgia for a lost Sicily. But nearly every character is a stereotype or tired cliché, the exceptions being a gallant boy and the vessel of his desire, the beautiful widow Malèna (Monica Bellucci).

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Escanaba in da Moonlight

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Jeff Daniels’ loving parody of the habits of the Yooper offers us a comic window into the land of wild game and pasties. But it has a made-for-TV look and moments of toilet humor and political incorrectness concerning the Ojibwa Nation. Daniels may shoot straight, but he could aim higher.

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Stay special

Guidebook series helps you find the perfect place to roost.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Before leaving for Europe, I scoured local bookstores hoping to find a book called Special Places to Stay in Italy. On a previous trip, the Ireland edition had proven to be outstanding in listing special accommodations, from bed & breakfasts, to farmhouses, to castles. When no such title turned...

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Paul King & the Rhythm Society

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Backed by the solid, horn-heavy sounds of the swingin' Rhythm Society, handsome front man Paul King belts out the tunes in vintage suave style. In an instant, you'll be transported into the dance halls of the '30s and '40s, where a baggy-suited cat grabs the hand of the nearest...

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Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Alternative exhaust

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Rockstar Games always seems to focus on the less legit, the more illegal. With “Smuggler’s Run,” the title vomits the entire plot. You are a member an international ring of smugglers, destined to evade authorities and transport highly criminal cargo. (Unfortunately, like Pulp Fiction’s glowing briefcase, the contents of...

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Smash-mouth noir

Guy Ritchie cuts this precious stone with comic violence.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Director Guy Ritchie’s violent, witty caper set in London’s underworld lets loose a visual assault — with Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones and Benicio Del Toro as tough men on a collision course with a diamond and each other.

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The Pledge

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Director Sean Penn documents a man in the midst of an emotional meltdown. Adapted from Friedrich Durrenmatt’s novel, The Pledge stars Jack Nicholson in a beautiful, nuanced performance as a retired homicide detective — with Benicio Del Toro and Robin Wright Penn.

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