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New York, I Love You Review


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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Picture - Shu Qi, Diane Kruger Berlin, Germany, Sunday 10th February 2008

Shu Qi and Diane Kruger - Shu Qi, Diane Kruger Elegy premiere Berlin, Germany - Berlin Film Festival 2008 (Berlinale) Sunday 10th February 2008

Picture - Uli Hanisch, Alexander Rodnyansky, Diane... Berlin, Germany, Thursday 7th February 2008

Uli Hanisch, Alexander, Diane Kruger and Shu Qi - Uli Hanisch, Alexander Rodnyansky, Diane Kruger, Costa-Gavras, Shu Qi, Walter Murch Photocall with members of the jury Berlin, Germany - Berlin Film Festival 2008 (Berlinale) Thursday 7th February 2008

Picture - Shu Qi, assistant , Tuesday 5th February 2008

Shu Qi and assistant - Shu Qi, assistant Members of the jury arriving at Tegel airport Berlin Film Festival 2008 (Berlinale) Tuesday 5th February 2008

Shu Qi and assistant

Picture - Shu Qi (right), guest , Tuesday 5th February 2008

Shu Qi (right) and Shu Qi - Shu Qi (right), guest Members of the jury arriving at Tegel airport Berlin Film Festival 2008 (Berlinale) Tuesday 5th February 2008

Three Times Review


Extraordinary
Isn't it funny how people remember things? Rashomon aside, the way the human brain remembers things is absolutely astonishing. Taiwanese mainstay Hou Hsiao-hsien says he thought up the first section of his latest masterpiece, Three Times, after having a dream of being a young adult in a pool hall with the Platters' classic "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Like his leading Asian rival Wong Kar-wai and American heavyweight Martin Scorcese, Hsiao-hsien's use of music and imagery punctuates his stories with vivid evocation, using the same two actors to breathe deep emotions into three separate time periods.

The first section, titled "A Time for Love," concerns Chen (Chang Chen), a soldier who silently plays pool on leave and writes love letters to pool-hall girls while he is away. When he returns from leave, he finds that the last girl has been replaced by May (Shu Qi), a breathtaking woman in a flower dress. They say very few words, but he promises to write her while away. When he returns and she has been replaced, he searches through several small towns just to spend one night next to her.

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The Transporter Review


OK
With the goofiest title of the year so far - The Transporter is a prime example of pure and unadulterated popcorn trash cinema.

The plot of The Transporter never extends beyond the borders of a video game story. Basically, if you need something - or someone - transported from one place to another, you drop a call to Ex-Special Forces operator Frank Martin (Jason Statham) and his "tricked-out" BMW to deliver the goods. But, remember - before you hire Mr. Frank for one of your mysterious and sometimes dangerous tasks - you must remember his three golden rules.

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The Transporter Review


OK

Adrenaline-fueled and mirthfully over-the-top, "The Transporter" is the kind of action movie that winks at the audience in a "we know this is stupid, just have fun" way that big, dumb stunts-and-guns summer blockbusters like "XXX" are sorely lacking.

In "XXX," star Vin Diesel seems to think he's genuinely cooler than cool and director Rob Cohen treats his video-game-fodder plot with laughable seriousness.

But in this kaplewy-and-kung-fu fun-ride, equally tough but tongue-in-cheek star Jason Statham ("Snatch," "The One") and martial arts choreographer-turned director Cory Yuen so clearly revel in their picture's excesses that you can imagine Yuen hollering "Cut," and Statham smiling back at him like a kid on a roller coaster, saying "Let's do that again!"

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