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    CANNES 2000 REVIEW: "Blackboards": Chalk Dust Torture

    CANNES 2000 REVIEW: "Blackboards": Chalk Dust Torture

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    CANNES REVIEW: Loach's "Bread and Roses"

    CANNES REVIEW: Loach's "Bread and Roses"

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    REVIEW: Are You in On the Joke? "Idiots" Comes to America

    REVIEW: Are You in On the Joke? "Idiots" Comes to Americaby G. Allen Johnson(indieWIRE/4.27.2000) -- Even before all this Dogma 95 nonsense, a Lars von Trier film seemed like an elaborate practical joke. Was he duping us or enlightening us? Oh, well, as long as we were entertained.

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Virgin No More, Sofia Coppola Kills in Holland

    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Virgin No More, Sofia Coppola Kills in Hollandby Mark Peranson(indieWIRE/2.4.2000) -- American Zoetrope presents a Francis Ford Coppola production of a filmwritten and directed by Sofia Coppola, with assistance from RomanCoppola, a role for Robert Schwartzman, and a big thank you to someonecredited as "Spike." This is part of the brain trust behind "The VirginSuicides," a nuanced and ultimately too sober 70's period piecescreening in Rotterdam as part of the "Bad Teenage Taste" program(alongside such contemporary classics as ?Kingpin?and "Election"). S. Coppola's credible debut shows that her talent liesbehind the camer...

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    A Dilapidated "Villa," Maugham Story Still Bad After All These Years

    A Dilapidated "Villa," Maugham Story Still Bad After All TheseYearsby Brandon JudellIt's been said it's easier to make a great film from a bad novel than from aprodigious one. If so, director Philip Haas and his wife writer/editorBelinda have certainly picked the right source material."Up at the Villa," which was serialized in three issues of Redbook back in1941, is among the most minor of the famed W. Somerset Maugham'soutpourings. As Ted Morgan notes in his bio of the author, the novella was"scorched by the critics." New Republic: "His worst novel." Newsweek: "Itcould have been dictated while Maugham was talking in his sleep." TheNation: "A...

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    REVIEW: "Croupier" Pays Off Big with Splendidly Nasty Tale of London Casino Life

    REVIEW: "Croupier" Pays Off Big with Splendidly Nasty Tale of London Casino Lifeby Brandon Judell(indieWIRE/4.20.2000) -- At breakfast, a sweet little girl asks her dad: "What's the population of the world?" "Too many," he, a killer-for-hire, replies as he waits for his next assignment to eliminate a gent or two. In the same 1991 feature, the overlooked "Black Rainbow," Roseanna Arquette as a phony medium who starts foreseeing the future explains why everything is turned into an entertainment today: "It's so obvious. Only way people can make sense of the random stupidity of it all." Then when queried by reporter Tom Hulce about why she only h...

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    REVIEW: "East is East" Is Sweet and Shallow

    REVIEW: "East is East" Is Sweet and Shallowby Danny Lorber(indieWIRE/4.14.2000) -- "East is East," a new film by Damien O'Donnell, paints a portrait of a mixed-race Pakistani family living in London in the early '70s. George Khan ("My Son the Fanatic"'s Om Puri), plays a Pakistani shop owner long se...

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    ND/NF REVIEW: "Sound and Fury" Signifies Everything, Riveting Doc on Cultures, Hearing and Not

    ND/NF REVIEW: "Sound and Fury" Signifies Everything, Riveting Doc on Cultures, Hearing and Notby Andy Bailey(indieWIRE/4.7.2000) -- Josh Aronson's "Sound and Fury" surprises on a number of levels, most notably in its refusal to serve as a routine triumph-of-the-human-spirit documentary about deaf people transcending their handicap. Billed as a new film about the communication wars of the deaf, Aronson's thoroughly engaging doc examines the controversial cochlear implant (a surgical procedure that restores some level of hearing to the deaf) and its volatile influence on three generations of an extended family from Long Island, the Artinians, f...

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    REVIEW: The 'Wigger' Sideshow, Toback's Simplistic "Black and White"

    REVIEW: The 'Wigger' Sideshow, Toback's Simplistic "Black and White"by Mia Mask

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    ND/NF REVIEW: Childhood Stinks (and Transcends); "Ratcatcher"'s Sublime Portrait of Youth

    ND/NF REVIEW: Childhood Stinks (and Transcends); "Ratcatcher"'s Sublime Portrait of Youthby Andy Bailey(indieWIRE/4.6.2000) -- In "Ratcatcher," Lynne Ramsay serves up childhood in the Glaswegian housing projects as if we were watching it unravel out of two separate, embattled eyes, one innocent, the...

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