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Mulholland Drive

David Lynch may have lost his way with Lost Highway, and he seemed to have turned all feel-good with the delightful The Straight Story. But now he's back in all his Twin Peaks weirdness with this multiplot, fever-dream of a movie that draws from (and darkens) just about every Hollywood film noir ever made. A glamorous woman (Laura Harring) escapes a murder attempt and holes up in a Hollywood bungalow, where she meets and befriends a star-struck hopeful (Naomi Watts, whose screen kiss alone is worth the price of admission). Though I was virtually hypnotized throughout, I confess I didn't get the very out-there, alternate-reality, tacked-on ending, if you can indeed call it an ending (the film began life as a TV pilot but was later rejected), and I suspect you're not supposed to. Either that or they just ran out of money.

Bridget Jones' Diary
It's a wonderful and rare thing to see a popular book so successfully brought to the screen. And though the Brits were initially appalled at the idea of casting an American (she's from Texas, fer crissake) as Bridget, Rene Zellweger gained 20 pounds and a creditable English accent to virtually disappear into the title character who drinks, smokes, eats and talks too much while looking for Mr. Right. The comedy is both overt and subtle, and the perfect casting extends as well to Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.

 

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Heaven’s Door

Aside from the estimable John Williams, there are two foreign writer/directors who have gained access to the mainstream Japanese film industry. One is Max Mannix, whose big-studio release Rain Fall premieres in April, and the other is auteur and technological whiz Michael Arias, the mastermind behind Tekkon Kinkreet. Heaven’s Door, a remake of a German film, is Arias’ follow up to that anime gem. Masato (Tomoya Nagase) discovers he suffers from a brain tumor and has only days to live. When he checks into hospital, he meets terminally ill Harumi (Mayuko Fukuda), and the pair bond immediately. Masato pledges to take Harumi to the sea (which she’s never seen), and the pair go on a crime spree that takes them across Japan toward the ocean. Despite the rather trite plot (and the fact that it’s a remake), this road movie has a certain energy and velocity which makes it work. (106 min)

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The stars of High School Musical 3: Senior Year had a blast during their recent, weeklong visit to Japan. Zac Efron and Vanessa Ann Hudgens—who are a couple off screen as well as on—were greeted by hordes of screaming teens upon arriving at Narita. They then attended a big promotional event at Tower Records in Shibuya, followed by the Japan premiere for 400 fans at Stellar Ball in the Shinagawa Prince Hotel. Former Morning Musume singer Natsumi Abe and comedian Naomi Watanabe (aka the “Japanese Beyoncé”) led a dance-along with the pair on stage. Hudgens was making her first visit to Japan, while Efron was here in 2007 to promote the musical Hairspray.

Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have finally bonded—over Tintin. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on the first of two films featuring the intrepid Belgian reporter-sleuth has kicked off in Los Angeles, with Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell providing the voice of Tintin and Daniel Craig playing the nasty pirate Red Rackham. Titled The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, the 3-D motion-capture film is being directed by Spielberg, with Jackson slated to direct the sequel. The Hollywood Reporter says the movie, due in theaters in 2011, has an estimated budget of $100 million. Tintin first appeared in 1929 in a newspaper comic strip. CB

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Lars and the Real Girl
The rewarding, off-kilter story of a painfully shy man and his full-sized, anatomically correct love doll lacks any trace of sentiment or tawdriness. (106 min)
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Halloween
Rob Zombie’s unnecessary remake (redundancy noted) of John Carpenter’s vastly superior 1978 proto-slasher. (109 min)
Cinema 74

Youth without Youth
Coppola’s first film in ten years is an impenetrable bit of navel-gazing. Maybe now the master will return to making movies we can enjoy. (124 min)
Cinema 71

Speed Racer
First 20 minutes: “Wow.” Second hour: “Didn’t we see this already?” Rest of the movie: “I’m getting a headache.” (135 min).
Cinema 71

It’s a Free World
Ken Loach takes the unusual approach to the topic of immigrant exploitation by telling his story from the point of view of a would-be exploiter. (93 min)
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