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Jessica Winter, Village Voice

  1. Free Zone 2005 Per usual, Gitai largely eschews exposition, but his reticence sits awkwardly beside his penchant for saddling his deliberately stereotyped figures with trite, unwieldy speeches and symbolic-ironic biographical data. full review
  2. Stoned 2005 The rock hero starts out dead and so does the movie. full review
  3. Kadosh 1999 full review
  4. Music of the Heart 1999 Solid raw material, but the execution is overcooked: The kids are cutesy, and Meryl Streep as Roberta is hyperaddled and indecisive about which outer-borough accent to affect. full review
  5. My Life so Far 1999 full review
  6. Chinatown 1974 In 1974 a director, a screenwriter, and a producer (Robert Evans, who for once deserves a few of the plaudits he's apportioned himself) could decide to beat a genre senseless and then dump it in the wilds of Greek tragedy. full review
  7. Rosemary's Baby 1968 Hunched, black-eyed, leering, John Cassavetes's Guy is a contaminated satanic canal in himself. full review