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Copying Beethoven Review


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Does Agnieszka Holland hate Beethoven? That's the only explanation I can offer for this horrible, horrible attempt at making the maestro's final year of life into a biopic. Where to start? Oh, let's look to the obvious: the casting.

Ed Harris plays Beethoven, bringing none of the soul he imbued into Jackson Pollock, instead playing the composer as an uncontrollable creep who runs around with an ear-horn and yelling at people because he's deaf, annoying his neighbors, drinking heavily, and generally making an ass out of himself. Under heavy makeup (namely a clown nose and a long wig), Harris is nearly unrecognizable. Into his world comes Anna Holtz (Diane Kruger), a copyist who helps him complete his famous Ninth Symphony. As is the norm for movies with difficult main characters, he alternately adores and abuses her, such that the film consists largely of her leaving then coming back then leaving again.

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Phenomenon Review


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John Travolta is one hell of a hairy man. More than any other movie I've seen him in, Phenomenon features more of Travolta's bodily fur than anything else you're likely to come by.

The trailers have been barraging us with this simplest of plots for months. George Malley (Travolta) is a simple man in a small town on the eve of his 37th year, and on his birthday he sees a mysterious light in the sky which knocks him down and, faster than you can say "plot device," turns him into a supergenius. He comes complete with telekinetic powers, limited mind-reading ability, earthquake sensor, giant veggie-growing ability, speed reading, cruise control, and automatic transmission.

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Instinct Review


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Hannibal Lecter, meet Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.

Sad but true, that's all it takes to boil down Instinct, a curious blend of thriller and feel-good prison movie that manages to somehow be neither.

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Copying Beethoven Movie Review

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Does Agnieszka Holland hate Beethoven? That's the only explanation I can offer for this horrible,...

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