Wednesday, September 26, 2001

A hero sandwich

Walter Mosley’s latest noir escapade has two (count ’em, two) protagonists.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Fearless Jones is equal parts Denzel Washington (stature), Luke Cage (strength) and Shaft (fearlessness). Ladies see and want him upon first glance, but all he wants is justice for all. Hell, even stray dogs become his trained pets as soon as he touches them. I guess they sense confidence in...

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Bless me deadly

A holy mix of gangland violence, sex and drugs in Columbia.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Director Barbet Schroeder has portrayed criminal, violent and more-or-less godless hells in his American films. This, his most intimate movie since Barfly, his most unremittingly violent since Kiss of Death and his most unapologetically human since Before and After, is set in Columbia.

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The Legend of Rita

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Directed by Volker Schlondorff, this ’60s left-radical "terrorist" story is told with an impressive lack of polemical nudging. The film is a testament to a certain kind of madness, saintliness and dreadful waste, one that's wary of final versions of history.

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Tortilla Soup

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Movies that focus on the preparation and consumption of food are more often about the nourishment of the spirit than the body, and this one (based on Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman) is a textbook recipe. But it’s a spicy meal that’s been carefully toned down to cater to blander tastes.

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Glitter

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

When a pop star like Mariah Carey makes her movie debut, the question is "Can she act?" The answer is yes and no. And as laughable as Glitter is in its wildly inconsistent portrayal of the music business, its biggest sin is in wasting the talents of a supporting cast loaded with actor-musicians (Da Brat, Tia Texada, Eric Benét, Ann Magnuson).

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Calloway

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

With the addition of otherworldly electro-ephemera floating underneath the raps and beats, and the voice of Alison Lewis soaring in her own orbit above, the brothers Calloway take a modernized cruise across the hip-hop universe. New tracks are being readied for a full-length launch; in the meantime, you can...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Together

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

It’s Stockholm 1975, with the members of the commune Tillsammans ("Together") immersed in a comfortably prickly existence. By turns earnest and bittersweet, comic and romantic, strident and forgiving, Swedish director Lukas Moodysson’s film is a joyous embrace of simple communal pleasures.

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Pants on fire

John Schlesinger’s classic of ’60s grittiness turns desolation into daydreams.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

John Schlesinger’s 1963 film is one of the pinnacles of that brief period in British films when kitchen sinks and the angry lower classes were being featured in an outburst of post-Empire reckoning. Tom Courtenay as Billy is a sharp mind in a dull landscape, hooked on the drug of his fantasies and totally lost — with Julie Christie.

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The Glass House

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

In a glass house, a modern museum of deception and secrets, a girl (Leelee Sobieski) learns to be careful — and how to plot revenge. She loses her innocence before she loses her parents; and swaps her naiveté for getting mad and getting even — with Stellan Skarsgård.

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All Over the Guy

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

In this serious-minded romantic comedy, it’s clear early on that the lovers’ problems derive not from being gay, but from their own particular bundles of neuroses. The film presents a polysexual Los Angeles where a good relationship — no matter what the gender orientation — emerges as a small miracle.

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