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Friday, August 26, 2005

New Movie/DVD Reviews from Combustible Celluloid.com
It looks to be one of 2005's less explosive weekends, with a bunch of mediocre material opening at the box office. Even though it's minor Terry Gilliam, and was clearly butchered by the studio and hamstrung by a weak script, The Brothers Grimm is your best bet. Pretty Persuasion is a weak teen black comedy, while Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is a gruesome Korean revenge flick from the maker of Oldboy but not nearly as good. Finally, The Talent Given Us, a comedy starring members of the director's real family is both amusing and irritating.

In new DVDs, Oliver Stone put together a "director's cut" of Alexander, even though I don't recall anyone caring. Paramount has unearthed some of its better recent films and repackaged them in new Special Editions, including Clueless: The 'Whatever!' Edition, which I still love. Also from Paramount, we have the obscure and much-hated Robert Aldrich film Hustle, which I liked, and the really bad surprise hit from earlier this year, Sahara. I also checked out Fellini's penultimate film Intervista and found it a delight. I'm probably the first one to review the powerful doc Libby, Montana, about a town nearly destroyed by asbestos. Lastly, my colleague Rob Blackwelder weighs in on the underrated rom-com A Lot Like Love.
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