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Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Call it sleepless

Bleary-eyed anxiety reigns in Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to Memento.

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Part mystery, part moral dilemma, but seductively intriguing, Christopher Nolan’s film deals with a typical movie trope (cops after a killer) in an atypical way, sucking you into the land of the midnight sun, where never-ending light becomes the enemy — with Al Pacino, Hilary Swank and Robin Williams.

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Lagaan

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Shamelessly and expertly manipulative, this four-hour-long tale of colonial India, told from the point of view of the colonized, is a Bollywood (as the Hindu film industry is called) musical epic with a triumph-of-the-underdog plot familiar to Western audiences from our own homegrown sports films.

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Shane

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Made in 1953, and starring Jean Arthur, Van Heflin and Alan Ladd as Shane, this isn't just a western; it's director George Stevens’ masterwork in which every little detail seems to contribute to the intensity in the air. Don't forget to get to the Redford Theatre a half-hour early for the organ overture.

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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The spirit of the mythical American West runs at the head of a herd of wild mustangs who live and breathe — like their two-legged, Disney-animated counterparts, the Lakota — on the open golden plains fed by the rushing Cimarron. But at least in this spirited pony ride, the Indians are the good guys.

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Enough

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Despite the high-action chases and the climactic fight scene, this flick isn’t a true thriller. It’s soap-opera revenge for any woman who cheered Lorena Bobbit and identified with and mourned for Nicole Brown-Simpson — with Jennifer Lopez.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Dogtown & Z-Boys

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The Z-Boys revolutionized their lives with a skateboard, carving and grinding their harsh LA landscape into a playground and work of art. Director Stacey Peralta was one of them. The look of his film is calculated rawness, a visual punk jazz of adrenaline and improvisation. But the visuals are just icing on the cake of an archetypical tale of revolution.

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The New Guy

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Just another pathetic and weak skinny-white boy-searching-for-soul flick that you can squeeze a few hearty laughs out of, but nicely equipped with a triple-whip-it-all-night, funk-it-to-the-floor, out-the-door sound track that'll have you dancing down the aisle.

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Growing up and loving

Womanizer Hugh Grant hits the wall of truth.

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2002 at 12:00 AM

A self-proclaimed shallow London bachelor (Hugh Grant) looking for only the most low-maintenance love available meets a 12-year-old boy (Nicholas Hoult) below the bottom rung of cliques at school. The script, based on a Nick Hornby book, steals the show with dialogue and a story line that's both pop and universally timeless.

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Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Once again, in a cineplex near you, George Lucas has laden his version of the Buck Rodgers serials with everything from classic adventure to mythic profundities, wrapping gorgeous digital imagery around his mythic story.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Watching director Oliver Parker's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play, one could easily think that it was the forerunner of the modern sitcom, with its abundance of one-liners and its twisty plot built on a series of deceptions — with Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Rupert Everett and Judi Dench.

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