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Tadpole; A Delicate Balance

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A Delicate Balance Directed by Tony Richardson Sigourney Weaver’s got a blue booger glowing in her nostril during one of Tadpole’s big scenes. Since this isn’t a Farrelly brothers movie, it’s neither a funny nor subversive sight. Actually it’s a distracting technical glitch due to director Gary Winick’s inelegant, unfortunate video-to-film transfer, but the hideous [&hellip
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Fell in Love with a Girl; All About Lily Chou-Chou

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All About Lily Chou-Chou Directed by Shunji Iwai It takes the less-than-two-minute running time of Fell in Love with a Girl for French music-video whiz Michel Gondry to assert an entirely new way of seeing; a fact that Japanese director Shunji Iwai belabors for two and a half hours in All About Lily Chou-Chou. Both [&hellip
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Songs from the Second Floor

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Asked his opinion of the Catholic Church, Keith Richards famously replied: "Great logo!" Richards’ flippant remark occurred to me during the Swedish art film Songs from the Second Floor when a salesman, unloading and discarding different-sized crucifixes from his van, complains, "How can you make money on a crucified loser? What a fucking idiotic product!" [&hellip
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Minority Report

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Somewhere between Leonardo da Vinci’s study of man (Vitruvian Man) and an orchestra conductor in rapt concentration, Tom Cruise, as Detective John Anderton, stands with his arms outstretched, his eyes, ears and mind fully engaged when performing Minority Report’s futuristic crime investigation. And it is a performance: in the Justice Dept.’s glass-paneled Pre-Crime Unit, Det. [&hellip
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Scooby-Doo; The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Directed by Peter Care On their own terms (which is always the feeblest excuse for a critic) movies like The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys and Scooby-Doo could easily be mistaken for complete and acceptable visions. Seen without context, they might even look like different movies, but both films [&hellip
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The Bourne Identity; Bad Company

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Bad Company Directed by Joel Schumacher Matt Damon’s always asking "Who am I?" in his movies. It’s the signature of his stardom (starting with Good Will Hunting); a dilemma he repeats for his fans (in The Talented Mr. Ripley); and now the slogan of his contemporary significance in The Bourne Identity. Blond boy-scout features and [&hellip
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The Importance of Being Earnest; Sleepy Time Gal; Insomnia

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Beware the new film version of The Importance of Being Earnest. It’s The Worst Film of the Year, a distinction that cannot pass without note. Yes, theater has lost its once-central cultural position to the big-screen adaptation of comic books and lousy tv shows, but Oliver Parker "opens the play up" to deny that language [&hellip
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Roman Coppola’s CQ

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It’s fun to find correlatives between pop music and movies but CQ surprised me by being a film version of the type of pop music I’ve recently disliked. The style–self-consciously evoking the 60s, yet slightly off–recalls the hipster muzak of groups like Stereolab and Broadcast. But director-writer Roman Coppola does something richer while essentially doing [&hellip
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Attack of the Clones Is Just That

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"Why was this film ever done?" one man asked another as the screening ended. He was talking about The Believer, but the question also suits George Lucas’ second Star Wars prequel Attack of the Clones. So little audience compulsion was inspired by 1999’s prequel The Phantom Menace that this follow-up just seems like a retailer’s [&hellip
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