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A Slipping-Down Life

A Slipping-Down Life

In the kind of town people tend to think of leaving, a timid young woman leading a monotonous life suddenly flips into a mode of uncharacteristic spontaneity when she discovers a local honky-tonk singer with...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII

Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII

For more than half a century, movies, books and the media have dealt with every imaginable aspect of World War II and the holocaust in exhaustive detail. This documentary doesn't embrace a new theme,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Painted Fire

Painted Fire

Painted Fire is a Korean film biography that traces the life of revered painter Jang "Ohwon" Seung-up, who transformed the country's style of art in the 19th century. Except for its limited production values,...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Ghosts of the Abyss

Ghosts of the Abyss

After giving us the astounding details of a maritime disaster in Titanic, director James Cameron now presents an equally astounding 3-D return to the real wreckage of the ship, under 12,000 feet of ocean and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Rory O'Shea Was Here

Rory O'Shea Was Here

One way to deal with disability is courageously but, as this film and its principal character demonstrate, when splashy bravura is used to mask anger, pain and unacceptance, courage may not be what's being expressed....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Kitchen Stories

Kitchen Stories

This uniquely eccentric comedy about a spurious scientific study of men's kitchen behavior has little to say about that but leaves an indelible impression about social affinity and relationships. Set in the wintry climes of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Ballad of Jack and Rose

The Ballad of Jack and Rose

For some people isolation means happiness. Such is the case of Jack and Rose, father and daughter (Daniel Day-Lewis and Camilla Belle), living sparingly and deeply enjoying it on an island off the Pacific Northwest....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

A Fond Kiss

A Fond Kiss

Director Ken Loach (Sweet Sixteen) turns his magnifying glass of social consciousness toward an examination of romance amidst clashing cultures. Imagine My Big Fat Greek Wedding in which the ethnic family doesn't accept their daughter's...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Monsieur Ibrahim

Monsieur Ibrahim

Because this story is so intent on making the adoption of a young Jewish boy by an older Muslim man plausible, characters and situation had to be contrived to clear away logical and cultural impediments....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Northfork

Northfork

Take the style of Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Time Bandits), reduce the budget by several million dollars, and you'll have an idea of what to expect in Northfork. It is magical realism that boasts exceedingly...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Anatomy 2

Anatomy 2

When young medical student Jo Hauser (Barnaby Metschurat) leaves his small town and his crippled brother for an internship at a Berlin hospital, he quickly becomes aware of Professor Muller-LaRousse (Herbert Knaup), who holds sway...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Mondays in the Sun

Mondays in the Sun

Unemployment is an emasculating predicament. This small scale social study of a few men coping with it shows the depression and general lassitude that fills their days and months and the strain on their...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Pure

Pure

If Oscars were given out on a worldwide basis, 12-year old Harry Eden, the emotional core of this penetrating study of the family side of the drug culture in London, would win it hands down....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Dopamine

Dopamine

This film takes the chemistry behind romantic attraction as the leading ingredient in the struggle between the sexes. It puts a guy who is too intellectual for his own good together with a gal who...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Legend of Suriyothai

The Legend of Suriyothai

While it may be true that this historical epic covers a particularly dramatic and significant time in Thailand during the 16th century, when the country's very survival was in question, The Legend of Suriyothai attempts...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

If the title suggests beautiful teenagers graduating from high school, fighting their hormones as they contemplate the opposite sex, and colorful parties to celebrate the special occasion, director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty are...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Deal

The Deal

It's an old adage that you "write what you know," which is very much the case here. First-time screenwriter Ruth Epstein is a 9-year veteran investment banker with Wall Street's Goldman Sachs. As a legal...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Casa De Los Babys

Casa De Los Babys

In a fit of Altman-envy, auteur filmmaker John Sayles has delivered a picture that has a situation instead of a plot and brought together a bevy of top actresses to act it out within a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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