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Wednesday, November 28, 2001

Desperate obsessions

Comparisons to Last Tango are just the beginning.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

This tale of sexual obsession among the walking wounded is bound to be compared with Last Tango In Paris for the way it expands the boundaries of raw, explicit sexual expression on the screen. French director Patrice Chéreau’s English-language debut, based on stories by Hanif Kureishi.

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Smell Of Camphor, Fragrance Of Jasmine

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

With its echoes of Fellini's 8 1/2 and Bergman's Wild Strawberries, Bahman Farmanara’s bittersweet film might be called a metaphysical/confessional.

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Behind Enemy Lines

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

It’s a new hybrid, a film which exalts the military as necessary, yet calls into question basic tenets of modern warfare and the ambiguous role of peacekeepers. With Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson and Joaquim de Almeida.

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A Love Divided

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

A minor but entertaining and well-acted addition to the growing body of films about religious strife in bedeviled Ireland. A family squabble becomes a nationwide scandal thanks to the efforts of the village priest.

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Spy Game

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Robert Redford is still the Sundance Kid, a sly rebel subverting authority from within, in this scattershot adventure that pairs him (to lustrous effect) with Brad Pitt. The film is just never as tough or cynical as it aspires to be.

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Document

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Document provides a tight and rhythmic take on post-rock, a style more often deemed loose and unbridled. Drums, bass, voice and two guitars all provide an aggressive percussive "hardcore" push, which makes way for post-rock yelps and hoarse whimpers. Coursing through the spindly veins of recent rock history, Document's...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Off to see the wizards

The latest fab fantasy fad hits with a touch of greatness.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Wow. Or in the words of the junior wizards of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, "Brilliant!" As impossibly packed with goodies as Santa Claus’ bag, this film taps into the wellspring that feeds Cinderella and the Alice in Wonderland stories, and flows even more deeply from Arthurian romance and classic myth.

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The Wide Blue Road

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Alternately languid and melodramatic, dated but well acted, this 1957 first feature by director Gillo Pontecorvo is a gritty tale of impoverished fishermen made hyper-real by its luscious color and a charismatic star in the lead – with Yves Montand and Alida Vali.

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Sidewalks of New York

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

A New York story, a motley brew of more-or-less neurotic friends and lovers snared in an understated romantic comedy plot line, Sidewalks could be a poor man’s version of a Woody Allen movie, though it’s little more than an interestingly well-made and fabulous soap opera — with Heather Graham, Stanley Tucci and Edward Burns.

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Signs and Wonders

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

A businessman living in Greece (Stellan Skarsgård) with his wife (Charlotte Rampling) and their two children, is slowly going mad. One of the symptoms is the way every little duplication he spots is rife with meaning. The garbled mess of the world is sending him messages, even though he can't quite figure out what they are.

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