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Friday, March 11, 2005

Short Takes: March 11, 2005


The Bourne Supremacy

Director: Paul Greengrass
Language: English
Currently showing
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Two years after making his escape (depicted in the hit "Bourne Identity"), former CIA agent Jason Bourne is living in India with his girlfriend. Although still suffering from memory loss, Bourne leads a happy life until his girlfriend is killed by a sniper. Framed for a murder he did not commit, Bourne has to go on the run again. This time, however, he is not just running to stay alive but to find out who is behind it all.


Demonlover

Director: Olivier Assayas
Language: English/French/Japanese
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Set in the near future, "Demonlover" follows ruthless corporate warriors as they try to secure the market for Internet S&M porn sites and acquire a Japanese content-provider called Tokyo Anime, developers of new 3-D pornography. 'Demonlover" is an ambitious piece of work, but while similar films demarcate their dives into the subconscious, "Demonlover" is a bit more vague. Ultimately, the conventional thriller aspects of the first half create a need for resolution, which Assayas ignores at his peril. (Giovanni Fazio).


Intermission

Director: John Crowley
Language: English
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This dark ensemble comedy set in Dublin revolves around 11 main characters -- including a dimwitted supermarket worker, his ex-girlfriend, her newly married boyfriend, a two-bit thief (pre-"Alexander" Collin Farrel) and a self-promoting detective. The fragmented story starts with the breakup of a young couple, which then sets off a rippling series of events that ultimately cause the lives of the main characters to intersect.


Shark Tale

Director: Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenson, Rob Letterman
Language: English
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One day, a small fish named Oscar becomes a local hero when he is erroneously credited with killing a great white shark named Frankie -- who happens to be the son of a mob leader who controls the reef. So-called shark-slayer Oscar eventually hooks up with Frankie's brother Lenny. Because he's a vegetarian, Lenny is a disgrace to his family. Through their Oscar and Lenny's friendship, the two learn some important things about life. The all-star cast of voice actors in this new animated film by DreamWorks Pictures includes Will Smith, Robert DeNiro, Renee Zellweger and Angelina Jolie.


Son frere

Director: Patrice Chereau
Language: French
Currently showing
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When Thomas contracts a mysterious blood disease, he turns to his gay brother Luc for support, even though they haven't spoken in years. What compels Luc to care for his arrogant, difficult, homophobic brother? The movie is never really clear about this and Luc himself seems unsure -- he just can't tear himself away when other family and friends get fed up and leave. But redemption comes for Luc in the end when he realizes the deep unspoken love they come to share for each other. (Kaori Shoji)



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