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Tuesday, 18 July 2006 |  Written by Allan Peach  | 
title: Tsotsi function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Miramax MPAA rating: R starring: Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto, Mothusi Magano, Kenneth Nkosi, Zenso Ngoobe, Jerry Mofokeng, Zola director: Gavin Hood film release year: 2005 DVD release year: 2006 film rating: Three Stars sound/picture rating: Four and a half Stars reviewed by: Allan Peach Based on the only novel by famed Afrikaner dramatist Athol Fugard, “Tsotsi” (slang for thug, or flashy hoodlum) is a film about self-discovery and redemption in the shantytowns of South Africa. Spanning six days in the life of a young street tough, known to his gang only as Tsotsi, the plot is simple. Tsotsi steals a rich woman’s car, only to discover a three-month old baby in the backseat. Rather than returning the child or disposing of it, Tsotsi decides to keep the baby. At first, Tsotsi ineptly attempts to mind the infant himself, but soon coerces Miriam, a local nursing widow, to help him care for the child. This turn of events sparks a journey of self-evaluation that finally ...
Monday, 17 July 2006 |  Written by Allan Peach  | 
title: Warning Shadows: A Nocturnal Hallucination function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Kino Video MPAA rating: Unrated starring: Alexander Granach, Fritz Kortner, Ruth Weyher, Gustav von Wangenheim, Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Eugen Rex, Karl Patten, Max Gülstorff, Lilli Herder. director: Arthur Robison film release year: 1923 DVD release year: 2006 film rating: Three and a half Stars sound/picture rating: Three and a half Stars reviewed by: Allan Peach “Warning Shadows” (“Schatten—Eine nächtliche Halluzination”) is a rarely seen, but highly influential German psychological horror film from 1923. Director Arthur Robison is known for a number of film history firsts. Some claim his “Nächte des Grauens” (1916) was the first vampire film, his “The Informer” (1929) was the first version of the Liam O’Flaherty story (six years before John Ford’s superior adaptation), and Robison’s “The Student of Prague” (1935) was the first feature film to be broadcast on the BBC using the then “high-definition” format of 405 lines (August 14,1938). Although Robison was born in Chicago, he studied medicine in Germany. Returning to America, he gave up medicine ...
Tuesday, 08 June 2004 |  Written by Paul Lingas  | 
title: City Of God function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Miramax Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Matheus Nachtergaele, Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino Da Hora, Jonathan Haagensen, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Daniel Zettel and Seu Jorge release year: 2003 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture: Two-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Paul Lingas An intriguing, warm, funny and frightening look at the violent slums of Rio de Janeiro, “City of God” was last year’s critical favorite in the foreign film category. It tells the story of Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues), a well-meaning youth who has dreams of being a professional photographer. Unfortunately, he has lived all of his life in the City of God, what the slums of Rio were originally called. The City of God is marked by drugs and violence, both among the different groups and gangs of drug dealers and between all of them and the police.
Tuesday, 24 September 2002 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Monsoon Wedding function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Universal Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty, Vijay Raaz, Tilotama Shome, Vasundhara Das, Parvin Dabas, Kulbushan Karbanda, Kamini Khanna, Rajat Kapoor, Nehat Dubey, Kemaya Kidwal, Ishaan Nair release year: 2001 film rating: Four stars sound/picture: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Mira Nair directed both "Salaam Bombay" and "Mississippi Masada," but has returned to her Punjabi roots in India. This warm-hearted, involving movie, written by Sabrina Dhawan, is a feast for the senses. It's an almost surreal blend of the exotic and the familiar, but anyone, anywhere will find much to identify with in the characters. In her commentary track, Nair says that the image of Punjabis is of excitable, warm-hearted, life-loving people who work hard and party hearty. Punjab is a region in the northwest part of India, and has its own language, though judging from the film, most also speak Hindi like most of the rest of India, and some English as well. ...
Tuesday, 20 March 2001 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Dancer In The Dark function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: New Line Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Bjork, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Joel Grey release year: 2000 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Let us begin the "Dancer in the Dark" with a word of warning, lest unwary viewers (as this reviewer did) spend the first several chapters of the movie wondering – especially following New Line’s subwoofer-rattling logo theme – why every speaker but the center channel seems dead. Moving from DTS to regular Dolby 5.1 surround doesn’t help – the mix is quite good (considering), but it’s all coming through the center. The rears and mains briefly come to life in Chapter 7, when the characters discuss the traditions of movie musicals. Approximately 40 minutes in, when the first full-blown musical number "Cvalda" kicks in, the full sound system awakens to support the vocals, orchestrations and pounding percussive beat. When the music ends, we are left with only the ...
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