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    An Icy Staging from David Mamet

    An Icy Staging from David Mamet
    review by Chris Knipp

    Mamet's Spartan doesn't quite feel like fun, but it almost feels efficient. It seems to make sense, but then again, it probably doesn't.
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  2. Still Confident and Brilliant, Still Seeking to Hold the Moral High Ground

    by Ralph Michael Stein (lawprof@pipeline.com)

    My first encounter with Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara was in the late spring of 1966 when, as a young Army Intelligence officer just rotated...
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    A True Voice of the Quotidian

    By Chris Knipp

    AMERICAN SPLENDOR - (Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis, Judah Friedlander, directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini) - `Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff,' Harvey Pekar says...
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    The Secret Life Of Dentists (2003) ***1/2

    Review by George Schmidt:

    THE SECRET LIFE OF DENTISTS (2003) ***1/2 Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Denis Leary, Robin Tunney, Gianna Beleno, Cassidy Hinkle, Lydia Jordan. Filmmaker Alan Rudolph...
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    Spellbound

    Review by John DeSando

    Tears, yes, but bitterness and despair are almost absent.

    Jeff Blitz's youthful and positive documentary "Spellbound" shows eight contestants in the 1999 National...
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    The Genius and Shortcomings of Hitchcock

    The Genius and Shortcomings of Hitchcock
    by Chris Knipp

    Alfred Hitchcock was a funny man. I don't know if he was a nice one. But he said funny things and his observations were often acute. On...
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    The Quiet American

    The Quiet American by Phillip Noyce
    Review by Chris Knipp

    Phillip Noyce's new version of Graham Greene's "The Quiet American" goes well beyond the 1955 book as a forceful and timely political...
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    Catch Me If You Can

    Catch Me If You Can by Steven Spielberg
    Review by Chris Knipp

    A festival of panache

    Steven Spielberg's `Catch Me If You Can' is one of those movies that are almost pure fun. It's a series of...
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    Talk To Her by Pedro Almodovar

    Review by Chris Knipp

    Pedro Almodovar's `Hable con ella' (`Talk to Her') would be worth seeing if only for the chance to hear and see the silky voiced Brazilian, Caetano Veloso, deliver a suavely...
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    Tadpole

    Tadpole
    review by Kris Williams of FilmBrats.

    Hey its another independant film shot on digital video! Man, we just can't get enough of those can we? 'Tadpole' is just another example of a DV...
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    I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (***1/2)

    I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (***1/2)
    review by Ken Gumbs of FilmBrats

    For the life of me I donft know why this film is called I Am Trying To Break Your Heart. Sure it is the opening track...
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    Sunshine State (****)

    Sunshine State (****)
    review by Joe Swanberg of FilmBrats

    Since it is so hard to write about films I really loved, I will keep this one short and sweet.

    In my humble opinion, John Sayles has...
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    Pumpkin (***1/2)

    Pumpkin (***1/2)
    review by Joe Swanberg of FilmBrats

    Pumpkin is the best kind of great movie. The kind you don't expect to be great. Nothing beats a pleasant surprise.

    Christina Ricci plays a...
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    My Big Fat Greek Wedding

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    review by Kris Williams of FilmBrats

    After many attempts to break the female stereotype concerning movies of this caliber I still can't stop enjoying films like 'My Big...
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    Y Tu Mama Tambien (****)

    Y Tu Mamá También (****)
    Reviewed by Jon Waterman of FilmBrats

    Two teenage boys take a road trip with their older, wiser, female cousin (through marriage) to an isolated beach that may or may...
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