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2005 Stories by Jean Oppenheimer

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  • Exhuming McCarthy

    published October 13, 2005

    Good Night, and Good Luck, a riveting movie that's as entertaining as it is socially and politically important, could not have come at a... More >>

  • Better Mood

    published October 13, 2005

    Cineastes swooned over Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai's 2000 film In the Mood for Love, a slow-as-molasses melodrama about two tediously... More >>

  • Truth Syrup

    published October 13, 2005

    It's the cover-up, stupid! It doomed Nixon during Watergate, got Clinton impeached, inspired outrage against the Catholic Church, and apparently... More >>

  • Follow the Music

    published September 29, 2005

    Thomas Seyr, the central figure in director Jacques Audiard's kinetically charged new film The Beat That My Heart Skipped, is a young... More >>

  • Artful Dodging

    published September 29, 2005

    Oliver Twist It's almost impossible to watch Roman Polanski's rendition of Oliver Twist without drawing parallels between the... More >>

  • Bird Droppings

    published August 18, 2005

    Even today, British kids grow up listening to stories about life during the London Blitz and the hardships their parents and grandparents endured... More >>

  • No Way Out

    published August 11, 2005

    Once you get past its negligible plot, scant dialogue, and almost zero action, Gus Van Sant's elliptical rendering of the final hours in the... More >>

  • Mostly Miranda

    published July 14, 2005

    Me and You and Everyone We Know, the new film from writer/director/performance artist Miranda July, walked off with prizes at both the... More >>

  • Wax Off

    published May 5, 2005

    The new House of Wax -- a remake, pretty much in name only, of the 1953 Vincent Price movie (itself a remake of a 1933 film) -- manages to... More >>

  • Road Rules: Israel

    published April 28, 2005

    Most contemporary thrillers aren't concerned with moral dilemmas; the emphasis is on action and intrigue. The Israeli film Walk on Water --... More >>

  • For Love of the Game

    published April 7, 2005

    Last year, the Simmons family of Needham, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, sent Christmas cards for the first time in more than 20 years. "We... More >>

  • Bayou Polka

    published April 7, 2005

    Almost as wide as he is tall, with a round but unremarkable face, Schultze doesn't look like a rebel. Truth to tell, he looks like Curly of Three... More >>

  • Great Clips

    published February 10, 2005

    The small Appalachian community of Whitwell, Tennessee, boasts two traffic lights and a population of 1,600, nearly all of them white and... More >>

  • Cute Is Enough

    published February 10, 2005

    For those viewers hailing from the lucrative under-6 demographic, Pooh's Heffalump Movie will prove to be a suitably sweet addition to the... More >>

  • Horse Senseless

    published January 13, 2005

    An underappreciated art, vocal performance can make or break an animated film, as well as live-action movies that "star" talking animals. It's... More >>

  • Blade Runners

    published January 6, 2005

    Over a three-month period in 1994, machete-wielding Hutu tribesmen in Rwanda hacked to death 800,000 Tutsi men, women and children. News reports,... More >>

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