Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Prime Ministers

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The Prime Ministers provide a constant reminder that keeping an open heart isn't necessarily a bad idea. Hearing just one of those pleading harmonies, weighty drum sequences or claustrophobic riffs will make you forgive all wrongdoings, rest your gaze on a spot just past the bullshit in your own...

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Champions revealed

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Dual layering and multiple camera angles aren’t the most precious supplements on a DVD — especially when examining the heart of the NBA. Sure, a treasure trove of applications may spark — like Jordan firing from the three-point mark, viewable in wide, close-up and aerial shots. Or a virgin...

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Shattered

"Love’s a bitch," affirms this carnal vision from Mexico.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Audacious, brutal, brilliant and relentlessly bleak, this startlingly visceral journey through the social strata of Mexico City — where characters are brought together by their loves (amores), their dogs (perros) and a car crash — is rendered with a style that’s bold, confident and intoxicating.

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Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit and the Detroit Jewish News, this year's festival has expanded to offer more than 25 features and documentaries, as well as animated and short films, including: Kosher Valley, Daring to Resist, and The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg.

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The Wind Will Carry Us

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's first flat-out comedy is rich with observational detail and lavish landscapes. Ostensibly the story of a modern man who arrives in a remote Kurdistan village on an unknown mission, its accumulated languidity reaches something close to a state of grace.

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Freddy Got Fingered

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Terrible Tom Green trips out in this flick. It’s like you’re 14 and your Laffy Taffy got doped with rhino tranquilizer! Green doesn’t just push the envelope of gross-out comedy, he rips it apart, smears it with something nasty and wears it like a party hat. And makes it laugh-out-loud, R-rated funny.

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Shadow Magic

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Set in Peking in 1902, this mix of fact and fiction purports to tell the story of the introduction of cinema to China. It has a well-delineated sense of wonder in its depictions of the birth of a new medium. Unfortunately, such moments are respites in an overlong, melodramatic plot.

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Company Man

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

When one person writes, directs and stars in a film, the results can range from enlightening to frightening. From the moment Douglas McGrath (who co-wrote and co-directed with Peter Askin) appears onscreen, it’s obvious that this film falls into the disaster category.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001

South Normal

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2001 at 12:00 AM

South Normal's chords, riffs and beats droop and drive along with the spirits of the lead singer's melancholic intensity. The sound is modern, classic, familiar and at times bordering on new wave cynical clarity. These Chelseans make clever rock songs that are easy to relate to and hard to...

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Shooting star

Jamie Thraves’ directorial debut is a slice of Brit-slacker life that crackles.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2001 at 12:00 AM

With a style that's seemingly improvisational but actually meticulously controlled, British director Jamie Thraves' debut draws you in until it all actually seems to matter. It's a little slice of modern life, dotted with humor and ambiguity — a quietly brilliant film.

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