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Surviving Desire Is a Star-crossed Lovers’ Drama With an Absurdist Streak

Hal Hartley specializes in an inspired marriage of the ordinary and the extraordinary; the sublime falling from the mouths of slackers. His films may be an acquired taste, but it’s one I’d urge you to indulge.

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The Quiet (2005)

Jesse Hassenger
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The Sentinel (2006)

The Sentinel thus sets up a conflict between two exceptionally earnest masculine icons -- Kiefer Sutherland and Michael DOuglas -- all furrowed brows and low-talking intensity.

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The Sentinel (2006)

A woefully timid, allegedly paranoid, political thriller short on thrills, shorter on paranoia, and shortest on politics.

Jake Meaney
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The Quiet (2005)

The Quiet makes the conventional observation that this "world" is instituted by adults, and also mirrored and prepared for in high school.

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The Sentinel (2006)

I suppose if you're going to cast the deliriously overexposed Eva Longoria -- and give her a weapon, to boot -- you might as well make fun of the fact that you've done so.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Saved! (2004)

'I think we've all had those moments in our lives where we question,' says Brian Dannelly.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The United States of Leland (2003)

Leland meets a teacher who's been tending to young hard cases for too long.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The United States of Leland (2003)

Leland will come to be instructive and redemptive for others, just as he has tried to find instruction and redemption in others.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Amateur (1994)

Its strengths lie not in this improbable plot, but in Hartley's challenges to conventions.

Terry Sawyer
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Insomnia (2002)

The sun doesn't go down in Insomnia.

Cynthia Fuchs

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