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Film, "No": Out-Advertising a Dictatorship

"No": Out-Advertising a Dictatorship

Like baseball movies, election movies tend to get binary and boring. Here comes that final pitch, and it'll be a grand slam or a strikeout, and either way our hearts will ache, right? Not always, thankfully. Revisiting the 1988 plebiscite…
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Film, "The Loneliest Planet": Where Guides Don't Go

"The Loneliest Planet": Where Guides Don't Go

The Loneliest Planet begins with close-up trained on the body of a beautiful woman, naked and trembling. It's not what it sounds like. Nica (Hani Furstenberg), on a pre-marriage honeymoon with fiancé Alex (Gael García Bernal) in rural Georgia, is…
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Film, "A Little Bit of Heaven": Kate Hudson Can't Resuscitate Plot

"A Little Bit of Heaven": Kate Hudson Can't Resuscitate Plot

A successful young New Orleans ad exec living a no-frills, booty-on-call, single-by-choice lifestyle, Marley Corbett has a sunny irreverence and Teflon resistance to emotional attachment that leaves her happily impervious to just about everything, even when, one fine day, she's…
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Music, Juan Son makes quirky Mexican pop

Juan Son makes quirky Mexican pop

Mexican pop star Juan Son has a vision for his new music video, but the fish markets in Guadalajara aren't cooperating. "We're trying to find lobsters that are alive, but they're all dead," he laments. Lifeless crustaceans are just the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rudo y Cursi

Rudo y Cursi

Not quite The Further Adventures of Cain & Abel, the second coming of Beavis & Butt-Head, or Peyton Meets Eli, but energetic fun nonetheless, Rudo y Cursi is a multiple brother act: It’s written and directed by Carlos Cuarón and…
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Film, <i>Rudo y Cursi</i> is not the kind of sports movie where everyone wins

Rudo y Cursi is not the kind of sports movie where everyone wins

Not quite The Further Adventures of Cain & Abel, the second coming of Beavis & Butt-Head, King Kong vs. Godzilla Redux, or Peyton Meets Eli, but energetic fun nonetheless, Rudo y Cursi is a multiple brother act: It's written and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Private Eyes

Private Eyes

We dream sweet dreams of Barcelona, where the ladies all look like Penelope Cruz and the men all look like Gael García Bernal. (We fully realize that Bernal is Mexican, not Spanish. But this is our fantasy, so hush.) The…
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Film, Playtime

Playtime

Sweet, crazy, and tinged with sadness, Michel Gondry's new feature, The Science of Sleep, is a wondrous concoction. The tricksy romantic narrative — in which Gael Garca Bernal plays a hapless, Chaplin-esque madman — may be reminiscent of Eternal Sunshine…
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Film, Mind Gamey

Mind Gamey

Matthew Parkhill's Dot the I is the kind of tricked-up mental exercise that may intrigue the most impressionable film school students and a philosophy major here and there. But anyone who's gotten through sophomore year without declaring him the next…
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Calendar, Night&Day Leave Them Kids Alone

Leave Them Kids Alone

Bad Education is a dream come true for many reasons, but first and foremost, the pairing of director Pedro Almodóvar with actor Gael García Bernal is, shall we say, deeply exciting. The talented Mexican thespian's past portrayals of men moved…
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Film, Misdirected

Misdirected

Bad Education, the new film by the flamboyant Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, opens on a man sitting at a table, poring over the tabloids for stories of interest. When he finds something he likes, he reads it to his lover:…
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Film, The Importance of Being Ernesto

The Importance of Being Ernesto

Revolutionary idolatry is an odd business. Just ask unruly pop singer Stew, of the unruly pop group the Negro Problem. On his Naked Dutch Painter album, the melodic rebel dares to challenge a very sacred image. "Don't you wish there…
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Film, Like Father, Like Hell

Like Father, Like Hell

Christ is sexy. There, got your attention. But honestly, think about it: nice guy, pretty hair, carpentry skills, puts loaves (and fishes) on the table. Plus all that doing miracles and rising from the dead and being the Son of…
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Film, Mexican Pie?

Mexican Pie?

The two slacker anti-heroes of Alfonso Cuarón's Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother, Too) come furnished with all the usual glitches of late adolescence -- raging hormones, impatient wanderlust, contempt for their elders, and a jones for dope and…
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Film, Road Warriors

Road Warriors

One doesn't watch Amores Perros (Love's a Bitch) so much as absorb it -- like a body blow. "I wanted to make a movie that smelled of filth," Alejandro González Inárritu has said about his feature directorial debut. He has…
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