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Sea Sharp

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou finds wisdom in the struggle to keep it real.

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - You could be forgiven if you spent much of the first hour of Wes Anderson’s smartly poignant The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou thinking you were watching a 1970s period piece. The movie-premiere footage that unfolds during the opening scene—the...

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All’s Fair

A Very Long Engagement combines love and war into a fanciful human comedy.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Perhaps only the French, who suffered so grievously as a nation in the Great War, could get away with A Very Long Engagement. This labor of love for Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, based upon Sébastien Japrisot’s novel, combines a particularly...

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Hack the Knife

Kevin Spacey fumbles his way through the Bobby Darin biopic Beyond the Sea.

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - So ... Kevin Spacey apparently really wanted to play Bobby Darin, didn’t he? I’ve played this tune before about actors or filmmakers and their dream projects. Dream projects often become dream projects because they’re too sprawling or...

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To Live and Clown in L.A.

Straight outta Watts to the tragically unhip comes the “krump” documentary Rize.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - You’ve heard of the war between the Los Angeles gangs the Crips and the Bloods, right? But have you heard of the rivalry between the Clowns and the Krumpers? Neither had I, and I felt a bit like slinking down in my seat in embarrassment while watching...

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Third Whirled

Despite noble intentions, The Constant Gardener eventually starts running in circles

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - In the opening scene of The Constant Gardener, British diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) sees off his wife Tessa (Rachel Weisz) as she leaves on a trip from which we know she’ll never return. At a Kenyan airstrip, activist Tessa is traveling...

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Spout at the Devil

Random observations on the randomly constructed silliness of The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There are films so complex and multi-layered that a single review couldn’t possibly do them justice. They demand every nuance of the film writer’s art to build and sustain a thesis. And then there is The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which makes...

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Off the Shelf

It’s early September, so here comes abandoned trash like Underclassman and A Sound of Thunder.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There’s something of a fire sale going on at Miramax, as the Weinstein brothers exit and corporate overlord Disney wipes their slate clean before the new folks take over. And so Underclassman'a Weinstein project that has been sitting on a shelf...

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Sometimes a Fantasy

Terry Gilliam comfortably treads familiar surreal ground in The Brothers Grimm.

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Over a career spanning a quarter of a century, The Brothers Grimm’s director Terry Gilliam has become almost as legendary for movies that were never seen'or almost never seen'as for those that were. In 1985, it took a full-page ad in trade magazines...

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Futile System

The Edukators takes aim at casual middle-class activism.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Acres of ironically perishing trees have been felled in recent years to print up the diatribes of aging former social activists lamenting the lack of similar convictions in the next generation. Today’s kids don’t get it, and even when we do,...

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Yee-Huh?

The Dukes of Hazzard will try anything to be an amiable time-waster.

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It would be so much easier just to hate The Dukes of Hazzard. It would be so much easier to use its existence as an excuse for a screed against the willingness of the American public to have its low culture nostalgia sold back to it like a dog lapping...
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