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For Lovers Only Trailer


Two old friends accidentally meet up whilst on separate work assignments, and end up falling in love. They decide to flee together, using all modes of transport - car, train and motorcycle - to get across France, going through Normandy and St. Tropez. The couple are madly in love, and appear to be living in a blissful carefree environment, with dabbles of shame and confusion. The final result of their love is left to whatever the viewer interprets it as.

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The Astronaut Farmer Review


Very Good
The Astronaut Farmer taught me that, according to the Polish brothers, I am a dream-crushing non-believer. And all things considered, I am just fine with that.

The overly cutesy name refers to a man who is both a farmer and named Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton), a rancher in a small Texas town who never gave up his youthful dreams of becoming an astronaut, and so continues pursuing them in his spare time. Out in his barn, he's spent years building a rocket out of salvaged parts in order to finally get himself into outer space. Farmer's entire family revolves around his dream: His 15-year-old son runs mission control, his adorable little girls play moon games, and his family ranch is mortgaged to the hilt to pay for it.

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Jackpot Review


Very Good
This cute and harmless road movie wants to come across as edgy and Pulp Fictiony, but sideburns alone do not a tough guy make. Jon Gries (Lazlo from Real Genius) makes a rare starring appearance as a karaoke singer convinced he'll make it in the real world of music, to the point where he has abandoned his family to go on a Midwestern tour of karaoke bars in search of stardom. Plenty of amusing moments and fun to watch, but not exactly groundbreaking. And is Anthony Edwards in every movie set in the desert now?

Twin Falls Idaho Review


Very Good
The scene from Twin Falls Idaho that you won't forget is the fight between twins Blake and Francis. It's the most disturbing tangle of limbs since Greg "The Hammer" Valentine's patented Figure Four leg-lock in the World Wrestling Federation. Don't be fooled by this tasteless intro, however - the film moves much slower and with infinitely greater grace than the entire history of entertainment wrestling.

This dark, yet gentle love story is about the relationship between Blake and Francis Falls (Mark and Michael Polish), seen through the eyes of Penny (newcomer Michelle Hicks) the hooker. Written, starring, and directed by, The Polish brothers, Twin Falls Idaho captures a wealth of sadness and truth. The plot centers on Blake's struggle to reconcile his affection for Penny with an unshakable dedication to ailing brother Francis. Out of that turmoil comes the film's most poignant scene, as Francis desperately attempts to physically keep his brother from the one thing he knows he will never have - a woman.

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Northfork Review


OK
Take the style of Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Time Bandits), reduce the budget by several million dollars, and you'll have an idea of what to expect in Northfork. It is magical realism that boasts exceedingly high production values and a plotline that will challenge your state of wakefulness. Can a movie be tedious and fascinating simultaneously? Labored and surprising? Monochromatic yet visually stunning? Let me be the first to say that Northfork is not for everyone. But a movie buff will not want to miss this visionary and difficult bit of inventiveness.

The proposition is that a village, in 1955, sits on a natural basin of land that will be flooded by a new dam. The inhabitants have to move. The upside is that power will be provided for those above the new waterline. The downer is that the last few stragglers don't wanna go but are doomed to do so, like it or not.

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Jackpot Review


OK

Sunny Holiday is a karaoke singer with delusions of grandeur. It's not that he's a bad singer or lacks stage presence -- heck, cue up a catchy country tune in a roadside bar and Sunny can get folks to dancing with his sad-sack twangy stylings.

But Sunny (Jon Gries) keeps telling himself it's only a matter of time before he's "discovered" in one of these dives and swept into a showbiz fantasy world. It's to that end that Sunny -- an unemployed absentee father who sleeps in a 20-year-old pink Chrysler and drives all over the Southwest seeking karaoke contents -- has hired a manager.

Lester (Garrett Morris) sleeps in the car too. He's followed Sunny to 43 cities, offering fatigued, musty words of encouragement in dingy men's rooms and insisting that his only client is building a fan base on this "tour." Meanwhile, they're paying for gas with jars of pennies, and Sunny's only contact with his wife and baby daughter are the quick-pick lotto tickets he sends home once a week, likening them to child support.

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Twin Falls Idaho Review


Good

Literal and symbolic duplicity are only the simplest of character traits in the people that populate "Twin Falls, Idaho."

So much goes understood yet unspoken in every relationship of this densely cerebral story that as Michael and Mark Polish -- twin brothers and the movie's writers, directors and stars -- were developing the script, they must have boiled it down to its most engrossing base elements between each revision before adding back in only elements necessary to advance the plot, which is about the unique relationship between reclusive conjoined twins.

Opening in an atmosphere that recalls the dark, freak show flavor of David Cronenberg or David Lynch, "Twin Falls" finds its title characters, Blake and Francis Falls, quietly holed up from a gawking world in a seedy New York hotel room (on Idaho Street -- the title has nothing to do with the Northwestern city it's named after). The mood is bizarre as they wait for a hooker, who subsequently runs away when she sees she'd be pulling a rather macabre double duty.

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The Good Thief Review


Good

There's a sad, compulsive, edge-of-the-abyss desperation to Nick Nolte's intuitive and informed performance as Bob, the heroin-addicted ex-filch and professional gambler title character of Neil Jordan's "The Good Thief."

There's a strung-out savoir-faire to his addiction-driven way of life in the underbelly of beautiful Nice in the South of France. He's sleep-deprived (it shows in his eyes and in his mumbled speech). He's broke (but that changes from day to day). He's a washout (and he's OK with that). But he's also cagey, cunning, collected and quick-witted enough to recognize an opportunity too good to pass up.

So when Raoul (Gerard Darmon), his most trusted compatriot from his days as a crook, comes to him with a plan for an almost impossibly elaborate heist worth tens of millions of dollars, Bob seizes the opportunity to trade in his drug addiction for the more stimulating high of gambling with danger, excitement, prison and potential wealth.

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For Lovers Only Trailer

For Lovers Only Trailer

Two old friends accidentally meet up whilst on separate work assignments, and end up falling...

The Astronaut Farmer Movie Review

The Astronaut Farmer Movie Review

The Astronaut Farmer taught me that, according to the Polish brothers, I am a dream-crushing...

Twin Falls Idaho Movie Review

Twin Falls Idaho Movie Review

The scene from Twin Falls Idaho that you won't forget is the fight between twins...

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Northfork Movie Review

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Take the style of Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Time Bandits), reduce the budget by several million...

Jackpot Movie Review

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Sunny Holiday is a karaoke singer with delusions of grandeur. It's not that he's a...

Twin Falls Idaho Movie Review

Twin Falls Idaho Movie Review

Literal and symbolic duplicity are only the simplest of character traits in the people that...

The Good Thief Movie Review

The Good Thief Movie Review

There's a sad, compulsive, edge-of-the-abyss desperation to Nick Nolte's intuitive and informed performance as Bob,...

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