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Tetro Review


Excellent
Coppola delivers his most passionate film in years with this astonishing drama set in Argentina. Stylish, involving and intensely personal, the film really gets under the skin with its emotional story and powerfully visual tone.

Just before his 18th birthday, cruise ship waiter Bennie (Ehrenreich) gets some shore leave in Buenos Aires and immediately looks up his estranged brother Angelo (Gallo), a moody artist who now goes by the name Tetro and lives with his longsuffering girlfriend Miranda (Verdu). Their reunion is rather awkward, and it's not just because of the years that have passed and the tensions that remain around their relationships with their famous father (Brandauer). The problem is that Bennie thinks he can get Tetro back on track.

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The City of No Limits Review


Good
The City Of No Limits has just about everything: a health crisis, a 40-year-old mystery, three Dynasty episodes worth of backstabbing family intrigue, and an extended Spanish family battling over its destiny. There's never a dull moment.

The city in question is Paris, where Max, the family patriarch and owner of a large pharmaceutical company, has traveled from Madrid seeking treatment for a tumor that has left him slightly demented and close to death. By his side is his wife Marie (the formidable Geraldine Chaplin, as thin and cold as an icicle), who clearly has something dark on her mind. She's joined by her three sons, Luis (Roberto Alvarez), Alberto (Alex Casanovas), and the youngest, Victor (Leonardo Sbaraglia), who flies in from Argentina with his girlfriend (Leticia Bredice) for what may be Max's death watch.

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Nine Queens Review


OK
You've likely seen a number of films a bit too much like Argentinean writer/director Fabián Belinksy's debut Nine Queens (Mamet's House of Games is the first that rushes too mind). This movie isn't shy about obviously referencing its influences, but it still feels confused, stuck firmly between genres. The twisting narrative clashes with elements of a traditional slice-of-life character study, and the unfocused result is a film that isn't nearly as clever as it thinks it is. Despite its flaws, however, Belinsky is still able to create an engaging story that keeps you guessing at almost every turn.

The first scene sets the tone for the entire film: Juan (Gastón Paulis), a young con man, attempts to scam the cashiers at a convenience store, using a trick designed to confuse them into giving him an excess amount of change as he breaks a large bill. When the store's manager catches him, a mysterious man named Marcos (Ricardo Darín) displays a gun and assures everyone that he's a police detective and is going to bring the thief back to the station. Marcos drags Juan outside, and then reveals himself to be a con man as well. Marcos, a seasoned hustler, offers the inexperienced Juan a chance to be his partner. Juan initially refuses, but after a little more persuasion, Marcos has found a new right-hand man.

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