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Girl, Interrupted; Titus; Miss Julie; Mr. Death

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I’m used to seeing mental illness depicted as a metaphor for something else. Girl, Interrupted, the new Winona Ryder drama about a young woman doing time in a mental hospital in the 1960s, threw me a bit because it’s not metaphorical. In some ways, I found its literal-mindedness refreshing. This isn’t one of those films [&hellip
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Man on the Moon Man on the Moon directed …

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But like Williams–who claimed leading-man status and then contaminated it with repeated injections of syrupy uplift–Carrey was born to make us laugh, and the only thing funny about Truman was that he was the only person in his obsessively surveilled universe who wasn’t in on the (sick) joke. You caught flashes of Carrey’s demonic energy [&hellip
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Magnolia

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

I wouldn’t disagree with anything in that statement. But it doesn’t go far enough, because it doesn’t indicate that Anderson’s flaws as a filmmaker are bound up with his virtues. He is, point of fact, a deliriously cinematic filmmaker–a guy who can make the camera do anything, including sit up and beg; a masterful deployer [&hellip
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Cradle Will Rock

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Tim Robbins’ last film as a writer-director, the death row drama Dead Man Walking, had a clear thematic focus (it was about the death penalty and America’s feelings on the subject), and two strong lead characters whose emotional engines were powerful enough to tow skeptical viewers through the rhetoric. And although it was anti-death penalty [&hellip
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End of Days End of Days directed by Peter …

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For an Arnold Schwarzenegger film, the apocalyptic action-adventure End of Days is pretty good. But when all is said and done, that’s all it is–another Arnold movie, made with a certain artistry and energy but incapable of rising beyond competence because its star is a walking, talking sight gag. He’s pitted against Satan here, and [&hellip
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James Bond’s Bimbos & Almodovar’s Ladies

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I had two realizations upon witnessing Jones unveiled. The first was that my vocal cords were frozen. I tried to force words through them–something like "What rot!" or "Who do they take me for?"–but what came out was a strangled mass of consonants that sounded like "Hhcckklq." A Pavlovian response, to be sure, and proof [&hellip
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SLEEPY HOLLOW Sleepy Hollow directed by Tim Burton Neither …

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Neither Sleepy Nor Hollow The poster tagline isn’t kidding: Heads do roll in Tim Burton’s latest, a reworking of Washington Irving’s classic horror tale. Martin Landau, in a cameo as a town elder, buys it in the opening moments of the picture, his noggin separated from his torso by the implacable, black-clad Headless Horseman, who [&hellip
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ANYWHERE BUT HERE Anywhere But Here directed by …

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Earth and Heaven Not many Hollywood movies listen to their characters as closely as Anywhere But Here, a moving story of the prickly relationship between an eccentric, deluded mother and her withdrawn, brooding teenage daughter making a new life for themselves in Los Angeles. The film gives its characters room to breathe and live. The [&hellip
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Princess Mononoko

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Nature’s Way In this epic Japanese animated film about a war between humans and animal gods for control of an enchanted forest, nature is not merely a setting. It is a living being. It breathes and feels. Writer-director Hayao Miyazaki alternates images of calm and ferocity with a single-mindedness that suggests religious fervor. If you [&hellip
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