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Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Overexposed

Steven Soderbergh goes avant-apeshit in a smart new comedy.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Director Steven Soderbergh, deciding to go apeshit, has made a film that, first and foremost, indulges his singular talents. Mildly implausible, very funny and surprisingly moving, it's a throwback to the personal style of the French New Wave, about people connecting or not in the larger context of a satire about LA life.

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Sex and Lucia (Lucía y el sexo)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Directed by Julio Medem (Los Amantes del Círculo Polar and Tierra), this nightmare-fairytale presents a miraculous and disturbing allegory, beautifully and intricately constructed, with the ability to transcend time, place and language by giving itself the ability to begin again at any moment.

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Austin Powers in Goldmember

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Overstuffing the Austin Powers bag with more cameos and more Dr. Evil, that talented Mike Myers chap plays even more outrageous characters. And even though it’s lost its romantic mojo, Austin’s bag is still full of laughs, baby — with Michael Caine.

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The Country Bears

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2002 at 12:00 AM

A former writer for "Animaniacs" and "Pinky and the Brain," director Peter Hastings gives Country Bears that same wacky sensibility, both hokey and super-cool, only not in so much of a hurry. A slew of musical notables join the fun, from Queen Latifa to Elton John.

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Pumpkin

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2002 at 12:00 AM

With its story of a too-perfect, ultranaive sorority girl (Christina Ricci) who falls in love with a physically and mentally challenged young man (Hank Harris), Pumpkin bears a passing resemblance to late-period John Waters, but without that maestro's undercurrent of genuine hostility.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Broadzilla

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Trampling the Tramp-o-Lean and any other miscreants that get in their way, Broadzilla's hard-rock pummel is flavored by enough pop-punk to make you really, really enjoy the clobbering. Powerful, visceral and catchy as you please....

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Road to Perdition

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Director Sam Mendes' follow-up to his acerbic debut, American Beauty, has been adapted by Daniel Self from a graphic novel (i.e. ambitious comic book) and this may account for the film's curious shortcomings. Though visually it can't be faulted, it's not nearly as resonant as it could have been — with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman.

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The real girl from 1984

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

This study of George Orwell's widow takes its title from his masterpiece. In 1984, the unbearable isolation and despair of Winston Smith is briefly alleviated by the appearance (in both senses) of a ravishing and thoroughly amoral girl, Julia, whose job is to help turn out tripe novels for the...

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Sons & lovers

Young men with older women as the latest Hollywood titillation.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Tadpole takes a premise (younger man with older woman) that could be controversial and renders it as harmless as a TV movie of the week. Yet its direction, its script and Sigourney Weaver's performance as a vaguely discontented woman of substance, make for a mildly entertaining 77 minutes.

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Eight Legged Freaks

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Drive-in-flavored arachnid anarchy in a post-drive-in era, Freaks is funny, but keeps the action serious enough to make you jump and squirm as humans are swallowed up by trap-door spiders or web-mummified for a treat later on — with David Arquette.

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