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THE PEACEMAKER (dir: Mimi Leder, R) - Kurt says, "GEORGE CLOONEY was an action star? Oh yeah! I sort of forgot he was blowing stuff up and making head shots before he was the 'sexy old man.' He's like a fine wine that was better from the start. THE PEACEKEEPER is nothing short of a fine thriller with what must have been a pretty decent sized budget. It’s always funny to watch these big budget summer action flicks more than a decade after they came out. Plus, NICOLE KIDMAN still SORT OF looks like a human being in this movie and less of an alien/wax museum hybrid!" 
OSSOS (dir: Pedro Costa, Not Rated) - Bart says, "You're familiar with the work of Portuguese director Pedro Costa, right? No? Me neither, until this weekend, when he became one of my favorite filmmakers. I took note of his latest film COLOSSAL YOUTH when it made lots of 'best of the year' lists three years ago, but there was no way to see it in the US. Now that the same film has topped many of the 'best of the decade' lists that have come out lately, Criterion has been generous enough to release his three Fontainhas-set films, all of which revolve around the lives of a number of immigrants and junkies in a poor district of Lisbon. OSSOS is the most beautiful of trilogy, comprised of lingering shots of depressed teenaged parents and their unwanted babies, and other picturesque scenes of poverty. Costa's work calls to mind the films of Bresson, Fassbinder or Kaurismaki, though Costa's deadpan absurdity is so dark and disturbing it's impossible to laugh."
FAST, CHEAP & OUT OF CONTROL (dir: Errol Morris, PG) - Bart says, "I have a confession to make: I don't really like documentaries. They can be fascinating, if the subject is interesting enough or the personalities colorful enough, but they rarely feel like movies to me. Too much of the time it's just about getting the audience to say, 'Can you believe cameras caught that thing happening or this person saying that?' FAST, CHEAP & OUT OF CONTROL is one of the few exceptions because it's thematically ambitious enough to be about everything - because I believe any great work of art should encapsulate the entirety of human existence and teach us something about ourselves as a species. I won't tell you the specific thesis of this film because one of the major joys of watching it is discovering for yourself what it's about. You start out thinking you're just watching four oddball experts in unrelated fields say wacky, obsessive things about their passions, until you realize by the end that your whole life has been illuminated." 
THE EDGE (dir: Lee Tamahori, R) – Greg says, "You know how much you love Alec Baldwin? Well, if you’ve never seen this David Mamet fuelled adventure set in Alaska, you’re in for a treat. He gets to kill a bear with Anthony Hopkins AND tell cool stories about snorting cocaine off supermodels."
DONNIE BRASCO (dir: Mike Newell, Not Rated)
THE EEL (dir: Shohei Imamura, Not Rated)
THE FIFTH ELEMENT (dir: Luc Besson, Not Rated)
FUNNY GAMES (dir: Michael Haneke, Not Rated)
HAPPY TOGETHER (dir: Kar Wai Wong, Not Rated)
THE ICE STORM (dir: Ang Lee, Not Rated)
KITCHEN PARTY (dir: Gary Burns, Not Rated)
TASTE OF CHERRY (dir: Abbas Kiarostami, Not Rated)
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