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Review: 'Grand Canyon'

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Life in LA is the pits, according to scripters Lawrence and Meg Kasdan in Grand Canyon, their earnest, often moving but not totally successful film. Via its refreshing concentration on a black-white…

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Review: 'V.I. Warshawski'

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You can't be much worse-offski than to sit through V.I. Warshawski. Klutzy murder mystery [from a screen story by Edward Taylor] was obviously intended to be the first in a hoped-for series about the…

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Review: 'Paris Trout'

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Pete Dexter's haunting novel about an unspeakable crime in a simple Southern town circa 1949 is brought masterfully to life in Paris Trout, a mesmerizing, morbidly fascinating tale, with outstanding…

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Review: 'Europa'

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Bravura film technique doesn't hide an offputting, empty exercise in Europa, Lars Von Trier's rumination on war guilt in the form of a low-voltage thriller. Distracting visuals only occasionally…

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Review: 'Body Parts'

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What could have been a reasonably interesting thriller literally goes to pieces in last third, until the brain seems the most salient part missing. Pic was inspired by a novel [Choice Cuts, adapted…

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Review: 'The Rocketeer'

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Based on a comic ['graphic novel' by Dave Stevens] unveiled in 1981, this $40 million adventure fantasy puts a shiny polish on familiar elements: airborne hero, damsel in distress, Nazi villains…

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