Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Matchstick Men

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Ridley Scott directs a feel-good crime film where friendship, family and love manage to transcend the main characters’ occupational choices. As partners in con, Nicholas Cage and Sam Rockwell are Felix and Oscar of The Odd Couple gone bad. Throw in Alison Lohman as the elder con man’s teenage daughter, and watch Matchstick Men light up the screen.

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Love the Hard Way

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2003 at 12:00 AM

In this profoundly fucked-up relationship, a clean-cut biology major from Columbia falls for a scalawag running a hooker con. But by giving us a scalawag to remember, Adrien Brody continues to prove that his legend-making turn in The Pianist was no fluke.

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The Holy Land

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The characters include a jaded ex-journalist from the States, a radical Zionist, a shady Arab real estate broker and a hooker transplanted from Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, writer-director Eitan Gorlin’s yarn falls victim to a plot almost as distracted and ineffectual as the distracted rabbinical student who is its protagonist.

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Domestic Violence 2

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Refusing to edit out the slow parts, Frederick Wiseman is the rare documentary filmmaker who lets us see bureaucracies at work, and what happens to people in them. Continuing his examination of domestic violence (shown during the last DFT season), he follows his subjects into the courts.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Leftover spaghetti’s tasty

Leone’s Western merits a second helping.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Hard, gritty men in a hard, gritty landscape. Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef grapple for gold and some claim on the moral high ground. Sergio Leone’s third ’60s Western, initially dismissed as "Spaghetti Westerns," has become iconic — kitsch turned classic. With scenes cut from the original U.S. release restored, and Ennio Morricone’s singular score.

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Thirteen

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2003 at 12:00 AM

A quasi-documentary style and vivid performances elevate what could have been another teen clique film. Thirteen is about love lasting and eventually triumphing through and over mundane adversity and dysfunction. Holly Hunter shines.

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The Three Marias

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2003 at 12:00 AM

A Brazilian mother has three daughters named Maria. Things get sillier from there. Madre is bent on avenging the murders of her husband and two sons, so she assigns her three daughters to find the hit men who can retaliate.

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On_Line

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2003 at 12:00 AM

An indie foray into the wonderful world of Internet porn and webcams. There’s lots of soulless jerking off with some dramatic intrigue grafted on for distraction. No bookmarking necessary.

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The Order

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2003 at 12:00 AM

A hunky but celibate Heath Ledger (A Knight’s Tale) as a demon-vanquishing priest out to solve the mystery behind the death of a fellow exorcist. A climactic showdown with a "sin eater" ensues. Father, forgive them.

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O, Fantasma

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2003 at 12:00 AM

If you like cute puppies and graphic gay S&M, this grim and outrageous exposition into the extremes of human desire is right up your alley.

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