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Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Rashomon

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Director Akira Kurosawa's 11th feature (1950), set in medieval Japan, is a film of enduring popularity that manages to be both deeply cynical and cautiously optimistic. Its title has become synonymous with its central concept — that different people can experience and remember the same event in very different ways — with Toshiro Mifune.

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The Four Feathers

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2002 at 12:00 AM

In this near-epic drenched in sand, longing and plenty of suffering, Djimon Hounsou appears as the desert savior of a disgraced British soldier (Heath Ledger) who, shamed by friends and fiancee, runs off to the Sudan in order to assert his self-worth.

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I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2002 at 12:00 AM

After a year of blood, sweat and tears shed over Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, rock band Wilco’s record company requires marketing-driven changes for the album’s release. Leader Jeff Tweedy refuses and this documentary becomes a more archetypical drama: today’s music industry’s David-and-Goliath fable.

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The Lady and The Duke

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2002 at 12:00 AM

This story of one woman's courage — or obstinacy — during the French Revolution is a rare period piece for octogenarian New Wave veteran Eric Rohmer, though it has the signature approach of his more modern tales, all of which feature characters talking obsessively about ... well, everything.

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The Banger Sisters

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Bob Dolman directs his own fun-loving script with the high-charisma trio of Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon (as aging former rock groupies) and Geoffrey Rush. Unfortunately, the film loses its imaginative bite when all the ugly loose ends are neatly and unnaturally tied in a Hollywood bow.

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Godtalk: Travels in Spiritual America

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2002 at 12:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I visited a friend in Miami’s South Beach for a bit of revelry. Come Sunday morning, though, she insisted that we attend her church, a massive Holy Roller bunker well removed from the cosmopolitan demimonde of Ocean Drive. The experience was a real revelation —...

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Memory Effects: The Holocaust and The Art of Secondary Witnessing

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2002 at 12:00 AM

As he accepted the Academy Award for Best Director for the 1993 film about the Holocaust, Schindler’s List, Steven Spielberg said again and again, “This is so that we will never forget — This is so that we will never forget,” as he held the Oscar high above his...

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FULL

Posted on Wed, Sep 25, 2002 at 12:00 AM

FULL satisfies musical cravings at the Ann Arbor Art and Music Festival....

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His master’s voice

Searching for the almighty in the home of the brave.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2002 at 12:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I visited a friend in Miami’s South Beach for a bit of revelry. Come Sunday morning, though, she insisted that we attend her church, a massive Holy Roller bunker well removed from the cosmopolitan demimonde of Ocean Drive. The experience was a real revelation — the...

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Catcher in the wry

Kieran Culkin is a poor little rich boy away from home alone.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Susan Sarandon and Jeff Goldblum star in this attractive, quick-witted but ultimately vacuous coming-of-age movie that never actually comes of age, no matter what first-time director Burr Steers wants us to believe.

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