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Review: 'Gia'

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Uncompromisingly bleak, the artistically ambitious "Gia" is a "Boogie Nights" for the 1980s. The cautionary biopic, a mesmerizing tour de force for lead Angelina Jolie, achieves its goal of…

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Review: 'Ecstasy'

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Acclaimed British dramatist Mike Leigh ("Secrets & Lies") has scripted a horrifically unforgiving yet benignly non-critical view of young, North London working-class Brits who have reached the end of…

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Review: 'Under Heaven'

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A modern reworking of Henry James' novel "The Wings of the Dove," Meg Richman's feature directorial debut is an unexciting romantic melodrama centering on a working-class couple who manipulate a rich…

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Review: 'Frat House'

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Everyone knows college fraternity hazing is "mean," but actually seeing it in practice is a whole different kettle of rancid fish. A gold medalist amidst stranger-than-fiction documentaries, "Frat…

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Review: '20 Dates'

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The conceit of "20 Dates" is that a tyro filmmaker in search of a girlfriend convinces a producer to finance the quest. He offers a picture in which, hopefully, after a score of romantic rendezvous…

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