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Summer of Same: August 2009

With names like Tarantino, Lee, and Zombie, the final month of the season pulls out all the film geek stops. Still, the only guarantee is familiarity, not freshness.

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Copying Beethoven (2006)

Ed Harris is inspired, inventive and nuanced. At times he appears to be performing in another movie, the better one that might have been.

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Joyeux Noël (2005)

"Strange-But-True: Stray Cat Executed for Espionage" and other hard to believe events in the trenches of World War I.

Brian Holcomb
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Joyeux Noël (2005)

Certainly few war zones would allow for such communal religious touchstones, given that religious belief is more often than not the impetus for war.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Joyeux Noël (2005)

Certainly few war zones would allow for such communal religious touchstones, given that religious belief is more often than not the impetus for war.

Cynthia Fuchs
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National Treasure (2004)

Popular propaganda at its best -- high quality creative work allied to a resounding endorsement of a status quo the American electorate seems determined to maintain.

Lesley Smith
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Wicker Park (2004)

Unlikely as it seems, Matthew Lillard is the saving grace of Paul McGuigan's wretched remake of L'Appartement.

Cynthia Fuchs

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