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The Tourist Review


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This is a thoroughly offbeat concoction from the gifted filmmaker behind the acclaimed The Lives of Others: a rather goofy action comedy that deflates the suspense by telling us pretty much everything from the start.

Elisa (Jolie) is a sleek, overdressed woman of mystery who is being stalked by a tenacious British detective (Bettany). When she boards a train from Paris to Venice, his men are in hot pursuit, so she sidles up to American touristFrank (Depp) to throw them off the scent. He looks similar to her boyfriend, who's wanted by the cops and a vicious Russian mobster (Berkoff). Once in Venice, Frank finds his world turned upside both by this ludicrously elegant woman and the army of goons pursuing him at every turn.

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Most people wouldn't travel to Venice Italy - considered by many to be one of the most romantic cities in the world - to cure a broken heart, but Frank feels it's just the place he needs to go to heel his. The American's journey begins rather smoothly until he meets a captivating woman on the train. Immediatley Frank feels like he's being watched by some men in the carriage, but he's convinced by his new lady friend, Elise, that all is ok.

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Facing Windows Review


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Director and screenwriter Ferzan Ozpetek's latest movie Facing Windows begins like a Hitchcock thriller. 1943 in Nazi occupied Italy. Late one night a young man commits murder, runs off into the wet and shadowy back alleys, and mysteriously disappears forever.

In sudden counterpoint to this fear and tension from the past come the modern strains of a couple arguing about kids and money. Giovanna (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) hates her job as a bookkeeper in a chicken factory and husband Filippo (Filippo Nigro) can't seem to hold a job and is too dependent on her. She wants more from him than he seems able to give.

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Alien Vs. Predator Review


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The film studios weren't happy enough dragging the honorable slasher movie genre through the mud with schlock like last year's Freddy vs. Jason; now they have to try to cash in by dragging two awesome monster movie icons through the mud, as well. The difference between the slasher smackdown and Alien vs. Predator (or as the marketing team would love you to call it, AVP) is that I - and I'm sure others - are actually kind of excited to see these two killing machines go at it.

And if all you really want is to see these built-to-kill bad asses fight to the death, then you're in for a treat. It's like watching a very non-scary, screeching, interstellar cockfight. There's a heaping helping of acidic bloodbaths, infrared-vision shootouts, gleaming Predator weaponry, and oozy Alien slime. Yes, folks, it's all here; and if you're a fan of both of the old movie series, writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson (of Resident Evil - not Magnolia - fame) plies you with fun hints at the originals.

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Under The Tuscan Sun Review


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I would have never thought Diane Lane's performance as an adulterous wife in Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful would have earned her an Oscar nomination, let alone become the role that vaulted her career. Before Unfaithful, Lane played predominately background roles; now, she is a sexy Hollywood leading lady. Under the Tuscan Sun is carried almost exclusively by Lane, and while the signs clearly indicate she has the gift for such an undertaking, she's never given a chance to explore that potential in this film.

Lane plays San Francisco book critic and writer Frances Mayes (a real person who looks nothing like Diane Lane), whose recent divorce has sent her life into a tailspin. Recognizing that a change in scenery may be just the thing Frances needs, her newly pregnant best friend Patti (Sandra Oh) gives her a 10-day vacation in Tuscany, Italy. While on her tour, Frances impulsively buys a dilapidated villa called Bramasole, with the hopes of eventually turning it into a place where her own life can flourish once again. With the help of a friendly local real estate agent Señor Martini (Vincent Riotta), Frances secures a Polish construction crew to assist in the renovation of her new home.

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Under The Tuscan Sun Review


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A patronizing, eye-rolling romantic fantasy aimed at lonely middle-aged women, "Under the Tuscan Sun" stars the luminous Diane Lane (its only saving grace) as a heartbroken novelist licking her wounds from a surprise divorce (the husband she put through school has left her for a younger woman) by traveling to the therapeutic Italian countryside.

Surrounded by colorful eccentrics with sexy accents who serve up allegorical fables and Hallmark-card advice ("Always keep your childish innocence!"), our heroine Frances Mayes follows a whim while on vacation and buys a picturesquely run-down old villa to renovate as a life-affirming metaphor.

Even as she frets that "There's three bedrooms -- what if there's never anyone to sleep in them?," we know there's a strapping, wavy-haired hunk with piercing eyes (Raoul Bova) waiting for her on a beach somewhere who appreciates the charms of 40-ish American women seeking validation of their desirability. And we know that while, for the sake of dramatic structure, he may not be the right guy for her (those philandering Italians!), she's learning to live by the motto "I looked for it but I didn't find it. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist!"

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Alien Vs Predator Review


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