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Film, "The Angels' Share": Young Men and Their Lovable Boozing

"The Angels' Share": Young Men and Their Lovable Boozing

Ken Loach could be the king of kitchen-sink realism, if only he'd tolerate that term or the concept of royal privilege. Socialist stalwart Loach's now legendary empathy for angry young working-class men endures in this mildly schizophrenic fable of pitiable…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Looking for Eric</i>

Looking for Eric

What might strike American viewers as the most quizzical thing about Looking for Eric, Ken Loach's humble ode to soccer heroes and coming-of-middle-age in Manchester, is not its footie fixation but the unholy fuss kicked up by the possession of…
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Film, Fighting Irish

Fighting Irish

The young men move about the muddied hillside engaging in a friendly afternoon game of that national pastime known as hurling. On their way home, they are accosted by a platoon of "Black and Tans," the occupying soldiers sent from…
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Film, <i>Sweet</i> 'N' Sour

Sweet 'N' Sour

The hero of Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen is an isolated teenager mired in a gray Scottish slum with only a vague dream of family life to sustain him. Like previous Loach heroes -- the impoverished boy who finds hope training…
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Film,

Casualties of War

Lee Tamahori's Once Were Warriors opens with a picture that's almost too perfect -- a sparkling lake and rolling hills unfold beneath the spotless New Zealand sky, all bounded by the mountainous horizon. Then the camera slowly retreats, revealing the…
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