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New York, I Love You Review


Very Good
There are 11 captivating short films in this anthology, the second in the Cities of Love series by producers Benbihy and Grasic. But this collection isn't quite as varied or engaging as Paris Je T'Aime.

All of these stories take place in Manhattan, with only one or two brief forays into other boroughs, and they all centre around relatively well-off people, mainly white or Asian. They're also quite serious and emotional, with only brief moments of humour dotted here and there, although some make us smile more than others. Each is about a male-female relationship--marriages, brief encounters, possibilities, life-long companionship. Most have a somewhat gimmicky twist, and a few are intriguingly oblique.

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Maria Full Of Grace Review


Extraordinary
If I've ever seen a movie that better produced riveting drama on a low budget with no exaggeration of character or CGI effects, I can't remember it. This is a story whose fascination level rises with each new danger that a desperate young girl faces, and you may come out of it thinking you've experienced some of her agony.

Maria Alvarez (Catalina Sandino Moreno) is a 17-year old in rural Colombia and the breadwinner for her family, a situation that becomes more than she can bear when she realizes she is pregnant. When her condition causes her to leave her job's production line one too many times, her boss fires her. Boyfriend Juan (Wilson Guerrero) is little comfort and she rejects his proposal to marry out of need or obligation.

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Six Spirits For Sideways


Independent Spirit Awards Thomas Haden Church Virginia Madsen Paul Giamatti Alexander Payne Mean Creek Catalina Sandino Moreno Zach Braff Garden State Joshua Marston Jim Taylor The Motorcycle Diaries The Sea Inside Metallica Gina Kwon Jem Cohen Rodrigo de la Serna

Wine-drinking comedy SIDEWAYS was the toast of the 20th annual INDEPENDENT Spirit Awards in California yesterday (25FEB05), claiming six of the ceremony's prizes.

The film's stars Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen and Paul Giamatti were all winners, as was director Alexander Payne and the film itself.

Double winners at the ceremony were the indie movies Mean Creek, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES and MARIA FULL OF GRACE.

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