Freaky Friday

BBBB (out of 5) Surprisingly terrific adaptation of the comedy that originally starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris. Jamie Lee Curtis plays an overworked therapist and mother who is about to get married to her boyfriend (Mark Harmon), despite the emotional objections of her difficult teenaged daughter (Lindsay Lohan). The two fight about various mother-daughter conflict…

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Amateur

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A confused amnesiac (Martin Donovan) befriends a nymphomanic ex-nun (Isabelle Huppert) who now writes pornography (though not well enough for her editor). A friend of Huppert’s (Elina Löwensohn), herself a porn star, insists that Donovan is actually her sadistic husband who forced her into her life of flesh peddling before he was…

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Flirt

BB.5 (out of 5) The same script is repeated three times in three different cities with different casts: New York, Tokyo and Berlin. Hal Hartley shows how different the interpretation is depending on the culture, and how similar we all are at the same time. Fascinating experiment, brought to life by great actors and some nifty,…

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No Such Thing

BBBB (out of 5) A surprisingly energetic Sarah Polley plays a young newspaper intern who is sent to Iceland to find out what happened to her missing photographer fiance. He and his crew were sent to research a story about a mysterious creature who lives in a seaside US missile silo, but haven’t been heard from since…

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Impostor

BB (out of 5) Boring science-fiction thriller adapted from the short story by Philip K. Dick, whose story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was the basis for the awe-inspiring Blade Runner; this yawn-inducer could only dream to be compared to Ridley Scott’s classic in any possible way. Gary Sinise plays a weapons designer in…

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Smoke

BB.5 (out of 5) A corner cigar shop in Brooklyn is the center of activity in this well-intentioned but uninteresting film. The story’s main focus is the store’s owner (Harvey Keitel) and the many relationships that he forges and ruins in the course of a few days. Stockard Channing is excellent as an old flame, but…

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