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:. World Trade Center
While the survivors lie within this well of shadows and shards, the film shows tv viewers around the world, briefly united in horror and incredulity, watching iconic CNN footage.
Both cast off as "liars" by their families, Magdalena and Carlos assume one another's truths.
For good or bad, many of the performers believe they will "make it." Such belief is a symptom our incessant celebrity worship.
:. The Descent #1
This second feature by Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers) knows what it's about, both its generic limits and your knowledge of those limits. It doesn't try to trick you, but instead delivers the usual tension-building effects.
:. The Descent #2
The crawly cave-beasts keep popping up in sudden soundtrack blasts, but Neil Marshall's half-baked ideas about betrayal and woman's capacity for savagery are simplistic and pretentious.
:. The Night Listener
Tapping into recent public outrages over writers who lie, The Night Listener's indictments are drearily unsubtle.
:. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
As much as Ricky Bobby's racing career is about going fast, it's even more cogently about products, lots of 'em.
:. The Great Yokai War (Yôkai daisensô)
The Great Yokai War is only ostensibly about war, displayed here as a failure of imagination.
:. Miami Vice
Gong Li's face and form are made for this: she absorbs the movie's energies and just like that, it hardly matters what Crockett or Tubbs thinks he's doing.
Woody Allen once channeled Bergman in Interiors and Fellini in Stardust Memories, but in Scoop, he commits a more self-indulgent crime, paying tribute to his own works.
If Scoop has a theme, submerged beneath its poor plotting, clumsy editing, and reductive characterizations, deception might be it.
:. John Tucker Must Die
Starting with the fact that its "high school students" look closer to 30 than 16, John Tucker Must Die is a film out of joint.
:. Little Miss Sunshine
Even as Sheryl and Grandpa try to soothe little Olive, her father's "refuse to lose" credo creates a mountain of expectation.
:. Brothers of the Head
Brothers of the Head explores the overlaps between fiction and reality as they constitute rock-stardom, and more expansively, sexuality, desire, and consumption.
:. Lady in the Water
Story's whiter-than-white skin, bloody cuts, color-shifting hair, and need to keep wet make her a bizarre amalgamation of fantasies, alternately "male" and "childish."
:. Clerks II
The point of Clerks, either number, is talk -- speedy, competitive, clever banter that recalls, in its profane way, the rhythms of old Ben Hecht comedies.
:. My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Eddie Izzard brings a whole other dimension to My Super Ex-Girlfriend, being wily and subversive rather than flamboyant.
While their profession is both odious and familiar, Mikey and Rose's sexual relationship is less commonplace.
:. Boys Briefs 4: Six Short Films About Guys Who Hustle
Gigolo demonstrates how the queer hustler -- tragic, romantic, and heroic -- still has the power to shock and to demand social change.
:. The War Tapes
"I'm not the media, damn it," sighs Specialist Mike Moriarty, while also wondering whether "there's any way to truthfully tell a story without putting a slant on it."
:. You, Me and Dupree
This impossible place -- most desired object and least elucidated subject -- makes Molly typical of the women in white guy romcoms.
:. The Hidden Blade
Katagiri's masculine code is being replaced by an economy premised on gunpowder and shot.
:. Little Man
None of these gender clichés is especially funny, and it doesn't help that Marlon Wayans' face often looks sloppily pasted onto the stunt bodies who do all the running around, falling, and crashing.
:. The OH in Ohio
The main problem with The OH in Ohio is that most of its hijinks seem cribbed from episodes of Sex and the City -- and we're talking Season Two.
:. Only Human (Seres Queridos)
A kooky romantic comedy directed by a married couple -- Dominic Harari and Teresa Pelegri -- Only Human is also an increase-the-peace allegory.
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:. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Demented and punctuated by Depp's scowls and "oofs", Jack Sparrow's stunty bits are mostly amusing and sometimes even surprising.
:. A Scanner Darkly
Simultaneously strange and familiar, not himself, Bob lives inside an ooky, unsolvable world that mirrors our own ongoing fears, of surveillance, loss, and forgetting. [second review]
:. Heading South (Vers le sud)
With their newfound sexual empowerment gradually eroded by disillusionment, the women are finally predictable.
:. Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos
Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos is an adoring, disco-accompanied, bright-lighted look back at a brief moment when soccer was popular in the States.
:. Shooting Dogs
Based on a true story and co-written by a BBC journalist who worked in Rwanda during the genocide, the film is an absorbing meditation on what men do in dark times.