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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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Film, <i>Broken Embraces</i>: Twice as fun as it ought to be

Broken Embraces: Twice as fun as it ought to be

"Everything's already happened to me," admits Harry Caine, the blind, middle-aged filmmaker in Broken Embraces. "All that's left is to enjoy life." ¡Sí! His own sights set low these days in his latest movie, reformed bad boy Pedro Almodóvar has…
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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, FilmCap

Caramel

The multiply blessed young Lebanese writer-director Nadine Labaki looks sublimely like Anna Magnani crossed with Penelope Cruz. Labaki also has the brass and the chops not only to direct her first film but also to star in it as a…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Hold Your Horses

Hold Your Horses

Bandidas (Fox) This review is not long enough for a suitable treatment of the beauty of Penélope Cruz and Salma Hayek. The makers of Bandidas would certainly prefer I tried, though, than to discuss this plodding cliché of a western…
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Film, The Man Who Loved Women

The Man Who Loved Women

Men are literally disposable in Pedro Almodovar's Volver. But the film, particularly for fans of the gynophilic, flamboyantly color-coordinating maker of loco melodramas, is essential. The title translates as Coming Back — as in "back from the dead," referring to…
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Film, Fortunate Son

Fortunate Son

Sahara is a stunning piece of work -- stunningly inept, stunningly incoherent, stunningly awful in every single way imaginable. How this didn't go direct to video or cable or airplane or bootleg is unfathomable. Actually, that's not entirely true. It…
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Film, Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools

The social lessons of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, all of them suitable for framing in just about any dorm room, are these: War is bad. Love is good. The Italians love to sing, even when they're supposed to be at war.…
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Film, Mexican Jumping Scenes

Mexican Jumping Scenes

It's where Walter Huston found paradise at the end of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, where the murdering lovers Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw rode into the sunset at the end of The Getaway, and where Thelma and Louise…
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