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Ghetto fabulous

Like his emotionally explosive films (The Notebook and John Q among them), Nick Cassavetes's mere appearance demands attention.

by JEFF LEVIN

Bobby's World

Unfolding within a single day at the iconic Ambassador Hotel in 1968 Los Angeles, Bobby is a fictionalized account of the events leading up to presidential hopeful Robert F.

by APRIL HAIL

Addicts not-so anyonymous

Heroin Town 4.5 Stars Directed by: Josh Goldbloom Not Rated In 2003, "60 Minutes II" devoted a show to Willimantic, Connecticut.

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Forever young but eternally weird

The Fountain 3.5 Stars Directed by: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn Rated: PG-13 With a tagline that reads "What if you could live forever?" The Fountain initially seems to be a more mature version of Tuck Everlasting.

by KERRY GOLDS

Fast food for thought

Initially, Fast Food Nation sounds like a rehash of the hit documentary Super Size Me. However, this revelatory character study from director Richard Linklater (based on the nonfiction Eric Schlosser book) takes several completely different perspectives on the ever-burgeoning problem of America's dependence on fast food. Rather than using a single viewpoint, the story weaves its way through an array of people connected through a fictitious fast food restaurant called Mickey's.

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Tappy crap

Happy Feet is not all that it's tapped up to be. The film tells the story of Mumble (Elijah Wood), a penguin with an affinity for dancing.

by JEN TYTEL

Bond is back and better than ever

Few actors have generated as much controversy solely on the basis of their hair color as Daniel Craig.

by RUBEN BROSBE

An unconventional biography

Fur tells the truly interesting, and sometimes eerie, true story of a 1950s housewife (Nicole Kidman) who yields to her dark curiosities and discovers her inner artist.

by ASHLEY BENTON

Dazed & understood

Director Richard Linklater just turned 46 last July, but he doesn't look a day over 26 when he steps into a suite at the Four Seasons hotel for an interview.

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Much ado about nothing

For Your Consideration 2 Stars Directed by: Christopher Guest Starring: Catherine O'Hara, Harry Shearer, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy Rated PG-13 "It's about time nothing happened in a film," says actor Don Lake in the Hollywood satire For Your Consideration.

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Hindsight is 20/20

D‚j… Vu 3 Stars Directed by: Tony Scott Starring: Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer Rated: R Popular science fiction has been more than eager to explore theories of time travel, from the wildly popular Back to the Future series to the more cultish Primer and even an episode of "The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror." Most of these stories subscribe to one of two mutually exclusive theories: either time is a straight, predestined line with all events past, present and future already established; or time is alterable, a tree that branches every time Doc Brown and Marty push the DeLorean past 88 mph.

by JEFF LEVIN

This doc rocks

When shopping at the record store, one must choose sides, argues Keith Morris of punk rock band Circle Jerks in American Hardcore.

by CAROLINE HENLEY

Under Pressure

At first glance, Harsh Times seems to be a film about two friends getting stoned and chasing women in South Central L.A.

by ALEXIS ORENSTEIN

Clich‚ crap

The title Stranger Than Fiction implies that reality brims with more fantastic possibilities than fiction.

by JIM GOLDBLUM

So you want to be a movie snob?

It's almost Thanksgiving, and aside from the turkey and long-awaited vacation time, Street is looking forward to Oscar season, that month-long period from Thanksgiving to Christmas chock-full of impressive cinema.

by 34TH STREET

Driving in circles

Casablanca's Rick Blaine said that "the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world." The movie industry, as a whole, tends to reject this philosophy.

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Same old stuff

Ignoring for a second that a mouse getting flushed down the toilet is just about the most preposterous movie premise of all time, Flushed Away (from the creators of Wallace & Gromit) actually offers up a pretty enjoyable 90 minutes.

by HEATHER SCHWEDEL

'Babel'-ing on with Alejandro

At the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Mexican director Alejandro Gonz

by KEVIN KOPLAN

It's niiiiiiice

Similar to a Penn lecture in which students suffer from coughing fits every few moments, the new film Borat generates the same reaction, with spasms of laughter in place of coughing.

by BEN CRAIR

Towering achievement

Following in the wake of Syriana and The Constant Gardener, Babel is a thought-provoking film examining a multitude of characters and locales. Set in Morocco, Japan, San Diego and Mexico, the movie cuts among four interconnected tales.

by KEVIN KOPLAN

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