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Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Hard Feelings

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

When’s the last time you totally lost it — not under the sway of drink or drugs, but just pure rage flowing right up out of the old unconscious — and wailed on someone uncontrollably? Well for your sake, bud, let’s hope never. Anyone who thinks that violence is...

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Lantana

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Directed by Ray Lawrence (Bliss), this Australian film is a modern-day, stylistically pleasing film noir with solid acting and an intense depiction of the very serious repercussions of fear — with Barbara Hershey and Geoffrey Rush.

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Count on it

Bringing justice to Alexandre Dumas on the silver screen.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The 19th movie version of Alexandre Dumas’ 19th century literary classic is a romance in every sense of the word, filled with marvelous adventures, harrowing martyrdom and the suspense of love — with James Caviezel in the title role.

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La Cienaga

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Argentine director Lucretia Martel's feature debut (which translates as "the swamp") takes place during an oppressively hot and humid summer as an extended family slogs its way through the disruptions of soggy passion and the heated spasms of existential defeat.

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I Am Sam

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Sean Penn, who puts his whole psyche and soul into a role, plays a man the intellectual age of a 7 year old who moves through the world riding on Beatles analogies. Though it has a slightly Hollywood-formulaic aura, this film is a labor of love on all levels — with Michelle Pfeiffer and precocious Dakota Fanning.

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The Mothman Prophecies

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Based on John Keel's personal account of paranormal events that occurred in Point Pleasant, W.Va. in the late ’60s, director Mark Pellington's jarring artistic vision is "submitted for your approval" in a beautifully horrific way — with Richard Gere, Debra Messing and Laura Linney.

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ABC Africa

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s documentary on the plight of millions of Ugandan children orphaned by AIDS focuses on everyday life — children in school, young mothers getting nutritional instructions — eliciting a sadness much deeper than a series of more grisly sequences would.

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Soul sisters

Love and family intertwine in an orginal, magical novel.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

"What is it that I owe myself?" asks Sudha, one of the central characters in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's latest novel. The sequel to 1999's Sister of My Heart continues the story of Anju and Sudha Chatterjee, cousins born on the same day who consider themselves twins. Though the new novel...

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Playing in the street

A filmic tribute to the joys of Latin jazz.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

It's a bright afternoon in late winter, and inside the intimate Bailey's nightclub at the Sheraton Biscayne Bay in Miami, the joint is jumping. Bebo Valdes and Israel "Cachao" Lopez, two Cuban-born octogenarian musicians who star in Calle 54, filmmaker Fernando Trueba's loving tribute to the joys of Latin jazz,...

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Blair

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 12:00 AM

A driving rhythmic insistence pulsates through everything Blair does, which is certainly his most defining character trait. Not unlike the rhythmic sustenance fueling the early work of Ben Harper, Blair’s material never wavers from this beating core. Deliberately testing the stylistic waters, his tracks take root in a multifold of...

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