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2005 Stories by Jean Oppenheimer

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  • Simply Galling

    published December 8, 2005

    Deception, betrayal, and revenge. In his film directorial debut, acclaimed playwright/screenwriter/theater director Craig Lucas is done in by his... More >>

  • The Face of Terror

    published December 1, 2005

    One of the strongest — and sure to be controversial — films of the year, The War Within goes places that other films wouldn't... More >>

  • Truth Syrup

    published October 20, 2005

    It's the cover-up, stupid! It doomed Nixon during Watergate, got Clinton impeached, inspired outrage against the Catholic Church, and apparently... More >>

  • Exhuming McCarthy

    published October 13, 2005

    Good Night, and Good Luck, a riveting movie that's as entertaining as it is socially and politically important, could not have come at a... More >>

  • No Way Out

    published September 8, 2005

    Once you get past its negligible plot, scant dialogue, and almost zero action, Gus Van Sant's elliptical rendering of the final hours in the... More >>

  • Better Mood

    published September 1, 2005

    Cineastes swooned over Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai's 2000 film In the Mood for Love, a slow-as-molasses melodrama about two tediously... More >>

  • In Saddam's Shadow

    published May 12, 2005

    Perhaps no filmmaker working today better exemplifies the great humanist tradition of Italian Neo-Realism than the gifted Kurdish-Iranian director... More >>

  • Wax Off

    published May 5, 2005

    The new House of Wax -- a remake, pretty much in name only, of the 1953 Vincent Price movie (itself a remake of a 1933 film ) -- manages to... More >>

  • The Kids Aren't Alright

    published April 28, 2005

    Don't let the PG-13 rating fool you. Though it's acted almost completely by children, Nobody Knows is not a film for children. A... More >>

  • Road Rules: Israel

    published April 28, 2005

    Most contemporary thrillers aren't concerned with moral dilemmas; the emphasis is on action and intrigue. The Israeli film Walk on Water --... More >>

  • For Love of the Game

    published April 7, 2005

    Last year, the Simmons family of Needham, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, sent Christmas cards for the first time in more than 20 years. "We... More >>

  • Bayou Polka

    published March 17, 2005

    Almost as wide as he is tall, with a round but unremarkable face, Schultze doesn't look like a rebel. Truth to tell, he looks like Curly of Three... More >>

  • Blade Runners

    published January 6, 2005

    Over a three-month period in 1994, machete-wielding Hutu tribesmen in Rwanda hacked to death 800,000 Tutsi men, women, and children. News reports,... More >>

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