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  • Neruda

    Neruda

    Poor policeman can't catch a break. Even when he's finally declared himself a leading man, the studio goes ahead and campaigns him in supporting.

  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic

    Sets up a universal question with an unusual premise, dramatizes it with grace and humor... and then very quickly answers it and devolves into a bad kumbaya music video. The ending coda is slightly more ambiguous, but in reality provides less of a challenge to the protagonist's value systems than the movie thinks. Mortensen deserves better.

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  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "As the sound of the playgrounds faded, the despair set in. Very odd what happens in a world without children's voices. I was there at the end."
    "Now you're gonna be there at the beginning."

    Children of Men is undoubtedly a great film. Not because of the sci-fi world created, which is among the most haunting and complex post-apocalyptic murals painted. Not because of the premise, which finds earth infertile and uncaring. Not even because of the film's technical mastery,…

  • American Beauty

    American Beauty

    It begins with the voice over of a dead man. If you recall, Billy Wilder’s black comic masterpiece Sunset Blvd. also begins with narration courtesy of a corpse. Like William Holden and Gloria Swanson in American Beauty‘s cinematic ancestor, the film finds the flailing suburban bore Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) dangerously mismatched with the manic energy of his ambitious but quickly aging wife Carolyn (Annette Bening). As we’ve been told, their marriage will lead to murder, but we realize that…