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Divine Intervention

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Confession: After 9/11, it didn’t matter if I ever saw another film from Iran or any Middle Eastern country. Despite directors Moshen Makhmalbaf, Abbas Kiarostami and Youssef Chahine touching my imagination in extraordinary movies that renewed my own humanity—and my appreciation of others’—I felt hurt enough to reject them all forthwith. Maybe you did too—out [&hellip
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City of God

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Almost Kubrick in status, Martin Scorsese has pushed the praise reflex button with the lamentable Gangs of New York. The movie’s specious ad copy, "America was born in the streets," alludes to Scorsese’s past urban films while taking those exploitation-movie instincts displayed in Mean Streets, Who’s That Knocking at My Door and Goodfellas and inflating [&hellip
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The Son; Nicholas Nickleby

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Nicholas NicklebyDirected by Douglas McGrath So few movies are made from ethical practice that Belgium’s Dardenne brothers had to structure their latest film, The Son, as a mystery. That’s how far we’ve gotten from appreciating the human condition at the movies—even Euro-esthetes have to trick it up to be taken seriously. In The Son, Olivier [&hellip
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The Hours; Top 10 in ’02

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Directed by Stephen Daldry Clumsy yet obvious, Stephen Daldry’s inept direction vaguely distracts one from the political agenda behind The Hours. Although the story, set in three different time periods, pleads against the various oppressions endured by gay women (Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf, Julianne Moore as a California housewife in the 1950s, Meryl Streep [&hellip
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Antwone Fisher

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No matter how many times you read the title Antwone Fisher, it looks like a misspelling. In actuality, this Ebonics melodrama is the result of very deliberate calculation. Based on the life of a real person (who in fact wrote the autobiographical screenplay), Antwone Fisher plays like the hoariest therapeutic fairytale. Fisher contrives his life [&hellip
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Catch Me If You Can

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Catch Me If You Can Directed by Steven Spielberg A comma belongs in the title of Catch Me If You Can, Steven Spielberg’s defiant new movie that goes back to the 1960s–the era conservative commentators point to as starting America’s decline–to show the complicated, forgotten roots of our contemporary social frustration. Spielberg dashes ahead of [&hellip
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Undisputed; In Praise of Love

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E=”B Letter Gothic Bold” SIZE=6>Undisputed Directed by Walter Hill In Praise Of Love Directed by Jean-Luc Godard Surrounded by snowcapped mountains, the desert prison confining Hutchen and Iceman suggests any city, environment or system that closes one off from nature. By contemplating and dramatizing the emotional turmoil of these politically circumscribed men, Hill and co-screenwriter [&hellip
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XXX

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Ad copy, sometimes, is instructive. XXX advertises its alpha-male hero as “A New Breed of Secret Agent,” a line that harkens back to the days of blaxploitation. Only more shamelessly. It refers to star Vin Diesel’s biracial identity (and, subliminally, to All-American miscegenation). Diesel plays Xander Cage, a nod to action-movie whore Nicolas Cage, while [&hellip
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The Kid Stays in the Picture; I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

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I Am Trying To Break Your Heart Directed by Sam Jones We’re in a bind, folks. So much so that two stylishly put-together documentaries, The Kid Stays in the Picture and I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, don’t give a whit about providing information or insightful reporting. Both films approach audiences as mere consumers, [&hellip
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