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BATTLE ROYALE (dir: Fukasaku Kinji, Unrated) - Greg says, "Here's the film that's caused uproar in every corner of the planet except America, where it couldn't even get a theatrical release. It's a highly satirical and uber-violent spoof of fascism, media and society at large. In the near future of Japan, teenagers are so out of control that the government has instituted a program wherein a random 9th grade class is selected to take part in the Battle Royale. This involves spending three days on a remote island attempting to kill your classmates in order to be the last kid standing. Each student is given a weapon, food, a comfort item and a map. As adorable schoolgirls rapidly transform into heartless killing machines, the parallels to LORD OF THE FLIES are impossible to ignore (although trying to imagine those fey British schoolboys leveling one another with uzis seems pretty farfetched). What is ultimately unclear about BATTLE ROYALE are its intentions. It's exploitation, but it's also eager to point out society's contradictory attitudes towards violence. It wants the viewer to condemn what they're watching, and at the same time lasciviously lap it up."
SNATCH. (dir: Guy Ritchie, R- Thom says, "Forget PULP FICTION. There. I said it. Now we can move on. SNATCH is everything that everyone told you (or you thought yourself) about PULP FICTION but with more fun, more thrill, and (much) more cleverness. SNATCH follows the intersecting paths of two handfuls of London’s worst, trudging their way through diamond heists and unlicensed bare-knuckle boxing matches. Features: Jason Statham only fighting once in an entire film, Brad Pitt in his finest role (you can’t understand what he’s saying – wonderful), Benicio del Toro as a Hasidic Jew, pigs consuming men, super-hip soundtrack by people you’ve never heard of, boobies, and guns. One of my favorite movies."
TOGETHER (dir: Lukas Moodysson, R) – Greg says, "This, possibly my favorite film of this young century, concerns a bunch of idealistic young people living communally in a Stockholm suburb in the 1970s. Although they are sometimes misguided, their intentions are always good. Thrown into this are the founders sister and her two alienated kids, who are fleeing a violent home life. This film set Lukas Moodysson up as one of the world’s most exciting filmmakers, but after the wrenching LILYA 4-EVER he went missing. He may never recapture the genuine magic of this film but he’s assured immortality, at least to me."
IN JULY (dir: Fatih Akin, Not Rated) – Aly says, "Sweat, a hot cast, and the German language? 'Ja, bitte!' Tired of the snow already? This film by the director of  two other insanely great movies (HEAD-ON and THE EDGE OF HEAVEN) really delivers the HEAT in this on-the-road European adventure about TRUE LOVE! I seriously love this movie. It's littered with sexy peeps, and I don't mean the sugary candy. Speaking of candy peeps though, they would totally MELT in the hands of these characters; it's a no-joking-hot-as-hell summer in this one, as main character Daniel discovers what matters most to him: LEIBE!"
BEST IN SHOW (dir: Christopher Guest, Not Rated)
CHUCK & BUCK (dir: Miguel Arteta, Not Rated)
GEORGE WASHINGTON (dir: David Gordon Green, Not Rated)
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (dir: Kar Wai Wong, Not Rated)
LAST RESORT (dir: Pawel Pawlikowski, Not Rated)
SEXY BEAST (dir: Jonathan Glazer, Not Rated)
THE TASTE OF OTHERS (dir: Agnčs Jaoui, Not Rated)
YOU CAN COUNT ON ME (dir: Kenneth Lonergan, Not Rated)   
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