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Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Don't fence me in

Scoping out the limits of love and tradition in Tel Aviv.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Director Dover Kosashvili's first feature — the highest grossing Israeli film in Israel since 1984 — proposes the question: If a monster came out of the sea and said he was "tradition," then insisted that you follow him no matter what your mind, body and soul tell you, what would it take for you to say "no"?

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The Kid Stays in the Picture

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM

If you've ever suspected that movie producers are basically businessmen under the delusion that they are creative people, then here's a film to justify your suspicions: the story of Hollywood producer Robert Evans' rise and fall. There's not a pinch of insight in the whole enterprise, but as Hollywood yarns go it has its moments.

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Swimming

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM

This simple yet subtle coming-of-age drama avoids tear-jerking while taking its time making its emotional way between the commonplace perils of its heroine (Lauren Ambrose of HBO’s "Six Feet Under") and the fine shades of often amusing irony that saturate her environment.

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Notorious C.H.O.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Following up on Margaret Cho’s previous, inspiring concert movie (I'm the One That I Want), this one’s less of a horrific autobiographY using humor to plow through the pain, and more of a standard stand-up routine, with jokes that graphically dance around sex, sluts and self-esteem.

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Elling

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Here we go again, on another trip into the whimsical world of mental retardation and emotional disorders. This time it's Norwegian style, as two 40-something men are released from an institution and placed in an apartment. What fun will ensue as they clash with each other and the outside world? Yeah, it's that corny.

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The Adventures of Pluto Nash

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM

With Eddie Murphy trapped in the lead balloon of this action-comedy vehicle factory-made from worn clichés, wearing riffs and vacuum-sealed away from both adventure and laughs, the low gravity of the moon ironically seems to accelerate his free fall from comic grace.

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Blue Crush

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Summer beach-and-bikini movies are supposed to be bad in a good way. Blue Crush might have overcome its problems if it had a serviceable script or a cast that didn’t look either embarrassed (Michelle Rodriguez) or too stupid to know better. Somewhere, Frankie Avalon is turning over in his tanning bed.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Picture With Moving Parts

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2002 at 12:00 AM

This small book of poetry is an antidote to any number of misconceptions about the art of making language sing. Writers who steer the genre into such dead ends as "self-expression" and "narrative structure" will experience Rick London’s work like a glass of cold water in the face. Hard-core poetry...

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Hot stuff

A pair of literary firefighters explore the fascination with flame.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Ghosts of the Fireground: Echoes of the Great Peshtigo Fire and the Calling of a Wildland Firefighter Peter M. Leschak Harper San Francisco, 269 pages, $24.95 The Seasons of Fire: Reflections on Fire in the West David J. Strohmaier University of Nevada Press, 172 pages, $21.95 Fire fascinates — because...

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Clint on the trail

Eastwood as sleuth defines a new type of hero.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2002 at 12:00 AM

This subtle, well-crafted film balances mystery, police procedural, melodrama and romance with an apparent ease that only a cinematic tightrope walker like director-star Clint Eastwood can demonstrate. The ride may be too smooth, though, in the most well-mannered serial-killer movie yet.

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