Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2002 at 12:00 AM

If trumpeter Chet Baker had died in 1955, in his mid-20s, he would be remembered as a golden boy cut down in his prime, a player of much promise, unfulfilled. Musically, he would be pegged as an adept exponent of the West Coast cool school, too facile to make...

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Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2002 at 12:00 AM

After downing some unmentionables one night in college, a friend had a vision involving life force, a river and thrones. The way he explained it, the experience beat the hell out of Philosophy of Religion 101. The next day, he lamented on his inability to go that deep without...

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Marty

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2002 at 12:00 AM

In 1956, an unassuming little black-and-white film about an uncomely butcher took off with four Academy Awards — one of those straightforward, no-frills films that embodies a universal, timeless allegory through 1950s working-class vernacular and mundane concerns — with Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair. Friday and Saturday at the Redford Theatre.

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Lilo & Stitch

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2002 at 12:00 AM

What else is left to be Disneyfied? Hawaii and outer space is the answer given by this consistently amusing animated feature. But the mouse roars a different tune, one that’s inclusive not just of race and gender, but of family structures that differ from tradition.

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Juwanna Mann

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Wouldn't it be nice if all guys got a taste of what it's like on the other side of the bra? In Jesse Vaughn's feature directorial debut an NBA reject transforms himself into the newest arrival to the Women's Basketball League. Then this comedy turns into a gender lesson, and not a bad one at that — with Miguel A. Núñez Jr. and Tommy Davidson.

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Scooby-Doo

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2002 at 12:00 AM

You can always count on Freddie driving, Daphne getting kidnapped, Velma losing her glasses, Shaggy's empty stomach, Scooby Doo doing anything for a Scooby Snack, and Mystery, Inc. pulling the masks off the mystery. If you can handle a half hour of the cartoon, then you'll have no problem sitting through the film.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2002 at 12:00 AM

The world is a crazy place. In southern Asia, two countries threaten to reciprocate nuclear population culls. Not far away, two other countries play host to 32 teams of young men kicking around a white ball, young men who carry the hopes of billions on their insteps. The serious-minded might...

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Anarchy in the soul

The wacky wages of sin and Catholic repression.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2002 at 12:00 AM

What if you refuse to believe in hell because you're already living in the worst hell of all, adolescence in Catholic school? British director Peter Care's feature debut captures that impossible time when idealism clashes with reality and religion, mixing the teenage point of view with the intensities of adulthood.

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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Here’s a movie that’s drenched in mood and has a tricky, multiple-story narrative structure that occasionally overlaps itself like a Möbius strip. It’s a clever device that lends an air of mystery and depth to the stories it tells — with John Turturro and Matthew McConaughey.

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The Bourne Identity

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2002 at 12:00 AM

In lesser hands, this film could have been just another summer potboiler. But director Doug Liman (Go) distills rather than merely boils down Robert Ludlum’s story; Matt Damon and company keep things steadfastly real, even as thrilling chases and battles test the suspension of disbelief.

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