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Best Movies, Saddest Culture; The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

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Best Movies, Saddest Culture So far the big news has been movies not worth seeing–M:I2, Gladiator, The Patriot, The Perfect Storm, even Martin Lawrence’s basically agreeable Big Momma’s House. It’s likely that many people confuse heavily promoted films with the essence of the culture. But if you think back to any of the good movies [&hellip
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Emily Watson in Trixie; The Astonishing Humanite

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Humanite directed by Bruno Dumont When Trixie opens on June 30, everyone will have the chance to see Emily Watson’s amazing title performance. An introverted security guard who stumbles upon some great American secrets, Watson’s Trixie tests casual notions of what it means to be a social person. She’s an individual among a community of [&hellip
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The Hughes Brothers’ Repellent American Pimp

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American Pimp directed by Allen and Albert Hughes That swing of tenses from trouble to pleasure, dejection to erection, is part of "Trouble Man"’s excellence. Heard today, Gaye seems to have expressed a life encompassing both difficulty and satisfaction. In the song’s sleek, percussive recording, he balanced determination against woe: "There’s only three things that’s [&hellip
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Finally, a Good Youth Film: David Williams’ Gracious, Revelatory Thirteen

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Williams knows something of what great American artists from McCullers to Tennessee Williams and James Baldwin understood about American family life: that it can be both comforting and mystifying. Thirteen (showing for one week at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater) doesn’t idealize adolescence like the movies and tv shows that are [&hellip
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In Mission: Impossible 2, Cruise and Woo Gag on Their Own Corruption

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Mission: Impossible 2 Directed by John Woo Here’s the pattern: Impossible Missions agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) recruits jewel thief Nyah Hall (Thandie Newton) to help steal a deadly virus before Nyah’s former lover Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) can use it to extort a pharmaceutical company and, ultimately, the entire world’s health. Double-crosses, killings, fancy [&hellip
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For Better and Worse, Two Films Highlight the Cinematographer’s Craft

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Dream of Light directed by Victor Erice The Last September directed by Deborah Warner Here’s Erice’s fascinating definition: "Throughout the twentieth century, painters and filmmakers have constantly observed each other, perhaps because they have had, and continue to have, more than one dream in common–among them the perfect capturing of light–but above all, because their [&hellip
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Love and Basketball Bids to Become a Grassroots Hit

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It would be demeaning to call Love and Basketball a feminist movie. First, because its love story (girl weighs sacrificing career for housewifery) gets undeniably soppy; but most of all because the history of feminists embracing films about black women has been…nil. Will white feminists accept this black ball jockey’s tale as worthy of their [&hellip
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Keeping the Faith and Return to Me: Weak Films, Nice Tries

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Return to Me directed by Bonnie Hunt Keeping the Faith directed by Edward Norton But sometimes great actors have bad notions. Paul Newman’s longstanding interest in caper movies turns Where the Money Is into a metaphor for actors’ rebirth through daring and performance. Once again Newman takes the part of an aged sharpie inspired to [&hellip
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The Inspired Ready to Rumble; The Important Black and White

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Black and White directed by James Toback Before Black and White turns into a Brett Ratner-style music video during its end credits, director-writer James Toback exposes a world of betrayal, cultural pretense and moral chaos. You’ll never be able to watch Yo! MTV Raps the same way again. Toback follows a group of white east-side [&hellip
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Q&A with James Toback; Cusack in High Fidelity; The Sex Pistols in The Filth and the Fury

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With Black and White (his seventh film) Toback has–at last–made an essential movie. Not that Fingers, Love and Money, Exposed and Two Girls and a Guy weren’t brave, outrageous and interesting, but Black and White achieves splendor. With its almost surreal penetration of the lust and fear behind our racial divide, it bids to be [&hellip
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