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SIDEWAYS Review


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Many film critics obsess over how faithful certain movies are to their source novels, and whether or not the fans will appreciate the big screen version of their beloved book. Yet books are books and movies are movies, and their paths rarely cross except in the most superficial ways.

Now comes a film that was adapted from a book, and something special has happened. Alexander Payne's "Sideways" emerges as a full-fledged film, with a brilliant use of cinematic language and pacing, but also has a novelistic breadth without spilling much over the 2-hour mark.

It's a deceptively simple (at first), deep and thoughtful film in which two seemingly shallow, thoughtless buddies -- neurotically divorced failed novelist Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Id-fueled failed actor Jack (Thomas Haden Church) -- take a road trip into Southern California wine country just before Jack is due to get married.

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