Posts Tagged ‘Film’

HEARTLESS DARKNESS

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Paul Newman’s passing casts a shadow over Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe’s performances in Body of Lies. This spy/mercenary flick feels like a eulogy-a slick, cynical death knell-for Newman’s ideal: the morally charismatic movie star. As CIA field agent Roger Ferris and his Langley, Va., boss Ed Hoffman, DiCaprio and Crowe shed the recognizable moral [&hellip
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WELCOME TO THE WEDDING PARTY

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Two-thirds into Rachel Getting Married, after Kym (Anne Hathaway) leaves rehab to participate in her sister’s wedding, her arrival stirs up tensions and memories. There are so many characters, unsettled relationships and unpredictable situations that a viewer’s head spins delightedly. Director Jonathan Demme sustains this feat of whirling prestidigitation with rambunctious style. He and cinematographer [&hellip
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MOMMA, DON'T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE HIPSTERS

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In common NYC parlance, being called a hipster implies you’re a cynical and obnoxious indie devotee. With that in mind-and in the spirit of toothless gunk like Lou Adler’s Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (now out on DVD) and Allan Moyle’s Times Square (1980)-comes Peter Sollett’s Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, a romantic comedy [&hellip
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KILLER OF DREAMS

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“I’M SO SICK of this shit!” sobs Ballast‘s woebegone, downtrodden black single parent, a mother who loses her job scrubbing urinals after drug dealers beat her. Her exasperation is a point well taken. Ballast (another Frozen River, wallowing in the miseries of the underclass) is designed to provoke bourgeois moviegoers’ pity. Director-writer Lance Hammer shows [&hellip
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SAVING PRIVATE CONFLICTS

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When a filmmaker uses familiar images and common history to express ideas, this style-this pop idiom-opens up a breadth and depth of meaning. That’s why Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan became the standard-setting war movie of the past quarter-century and why Spike Lee couldn’t get it out of his head when doing Miracle at St. Anna. [&hellip
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OLD YELLER

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At long last, “The Dakota Fanning Rape Movie” has arrived in theaters. And, as anyone could have predicted about a movie that generated so much negative buzz for its depiction of the rape of a young girl in rural Alabama during the 1950s, Hounddog is entirely underwhelming. Revolving around dank-haired Lewellen (Fanning), Hounddog is one [&hellip
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BRAZILIANS DO IT MEANER

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As far it goes, José Padilha’s Elite Squad does a solid job compartmentalizing the foremost concerns of decent cop movies. Set in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, this aggressive take on contemporary Brazilian crime wars gets intimate with the details of the problem and neatly packs them into the requirements of the genre. Narrated [&hellip
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WESTERN PROMISES

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Ed Harris starts with the right idea about Westerns when he directs Appaloosa as a historical look at contemporary behavior. He plays Virgil Cole, a for-hire gunman who becomes city marshal when the businessmen of 1882 Appaloosa, New Mexico, fear they’re being run over by the ruthless mine-owner Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons). This allegory of [&hellip
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WALKING A THIN BLUE LINE

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Lakeview Terrace is tiresome largely because Samuel L. Jackson’s Belligerent Black Man antics are so predictable. He’s dug a lowdown niche; and movie after movie he keeps shoveling crap over himself. This time Jackson plays Abel Turner, a prejudiced Los Angeles cop who goes apeshit when he discovers his new neighbors are a young interracial [&hellip
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THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY MORONS

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THE COEN BROTHERS’ LOVE OF IDIOSYNCRASY IS AT ITS BEST IN THIS AMERICA-SKEWERING FARCE By Armond White The Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading is a pie-in-the-face comedy. You don’t know what hit you until it’s over. Every character is nervous, and the story’s pace is frantic. Georgetown political wonk Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) quits his [&hellip
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