DEW THE RIGHT THING

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A drunk, tomcatting father, an unfulfilled, restless mother and four children who pay the price. The family in filmmaker Morgan Dews’ Must Read After My Death could have been just another unhappy family locked away inside their Hartford, Conn. colonial. Except that Dews’ grandmother Allis channeled her frustration and abject happiness into the kind of [&hellip
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THE INTERNATIONAL

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Clive Owen’s perpetually sullen, unshaven mug as Interpol agent Louis Salinger in The International provokes dreadful flashbacks of his woebegone heroics in the ludicrous apocalypse-thrill-ride Children of Men. Owen’s made a career out of not being James Bond; always a dissolute observer of global corruption, he never has fun. A rugged-looking Brit, Owen wears a [&hellip
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KATYN

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World War II movies rarely deal with the Catholic experience, but Andrzej Wajda’s Katyn uses this unique perspective to convey the psychic weight of an unsung disaster. When Polish soldiers confined in a Soviet barracks become demoralized, a captain advises, “Will you be soldiers or losers?”—a question already implicit in how the men argue, protect [&hellip
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CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC

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Chick-flick fans who go to Confessions of a Shopaholic just to follow girly-girl movie trends will find that they have stumbled into a strange, gregarious festivity. Australian director P.J. Hogan is one of the most original contemporary comic filmmakers—better than the chick-flick genre ever had. Despite the success of 1998’s Julia Roberts movie My Best [&hellip
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SON OF A BEACH

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The foundation of New York City comprises multitudes of people—Wall Street traders, Upper West Side mothers, pretentious artists who pose and preen in galleries and, of course, the help. But one of the more popular of NYC creatures (at least in Hollywood) is the party girl. From Holly Golightly to the Ari Graynor character in [&hellip
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GOMORRAH

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After two-plus hours of gangster flick carnage, the Italian art movie Gomorrah ends with a surprise. An epilogue—using solemn white-on-black lettering—explains that the previous gunplay, blood-splattering and numbing Italo-disco pulsations was done for an honorable, muckraking cause. Ha! Director Matteo Garrone pretends to expose Camorra, the vicious Neapolitan version of the Mafia that has ravaged [&hellip
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CORALINE

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“Find our eyes, and our souls will be free.” That should be the credo of every film animator who pretends to make innocuous commercial entertainment. But it comes from Henry Selik’s deeply amusing Coraline—an animated film that might be too good for children. It arrives in time to expose the atrocious Wall-E. Coraline’s story of [&hellip
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FANBOYS

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Set in 1998, the decade that began pop culture’s fragmentation, Fanboys finds comedy in movie fanaticism. Four Ohio-bred, post-high school Star Wars geeks—Eric (Sam Huntington), Linus (Chris Marquette), Hutch (Dan Fogler), Windows (Jay Baruchel) and a smart tag-along female—make a pilgrimage to Skywalker Ranch, the new Mecca. That may sound trivial, but something’s genuine in [&hellip
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RENEE ZELLWEGER ONLY INDUCES YAWNS IN TRANSPARENTLY POPULIST NEW IN TOWN

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The funniest thing about New in Town is the title. Its fish-out-of-water story of Miami-based corporate executive Lucy Hill (Renée Zellweger) sent to small town Ulm, Minnesota, to downsize a snack-food plant is old as Zellweger’s clumsy female Bridget Jones formula—and old as Hollywood’s hills. Yawn-inducing déjà vu descends upon scenes of
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