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New This Week (April 21, 2006)

By Jeremy Mathews

American Dreamz
(out of four)
See review


Adam & Steve
TLA Releasing
Not Rated
Not reviewed

From the producers of "Latter Days" comes the story of a gay couple (writer/director Craig Chester and Malcom Gets) and a straight couple (Parker Posey and Chris Kattan) who remember their relationship and maybe realize that we aren't all so different after all. Get ready to be inspired.


Friends with Money
1/2 (out of four)
Sony Pictures Classics
Rated R

Writer/director Nicole Holofcener follows up 2001's "Lovely and Amazing" with a less cohesive collection of scenes than her previous film. While Holofcener's observant dialogue is still present in "Friends with Money," it lacks the resonance.

Jennifer Anniston, Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener and Joan Cusack star in an ensemble piece revolving around three couples with varying levels of wealth and their misfit friend (Aniston), who quit her job teaching at a school of wealthy students and now works as a maid and smokes pot.

Holofcener recalls her earlier work with some of the same interest in class differences, superficiality in Los Angeles and the need for human connection, but doesn't create the same emotional draw. "Friends with Money" isn't a bad film, but it isn't as satisfying as it should be.


Joyeux Noel
TLA Releasing
Not Rated
Not reviewed

They stop fighting. During a world war. Because it's Christmas. Is your heart breaking?


Lonesome Jim
(out of four)
IFC Films
Rated R

"Lonesome Jim" is about a young man who has drifted through life, and seems destined to keep drifting as he arrives at his home town to visit his family. The main difference between this film and most the cover its subject matter is that "Lonesome Jim" is funny.

The great actor Steve Buscemi, who directed himself in "Trees Lounge," an insightful meditation on alcoholism, doesn't overcome the limitations of crappy digital video, but gets excellent performances from his cast, which includes Casey Affleck as Jim, Liv Tyler, Mary Kay Place and Seymour Cassel.


Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
Banger Procuctions
Not Rated
Not reviewed

Some metal head who fancies himself an anthropologist talks about how awesome heavy metal is.


The Sentinel
1/2 (out of four)
20th Century Fox
Rated PG-13

Odds are you've seen "The Sentinel" before. There's hardly anything original in this clumsy and forced story of a Secret Service agent (Michael Douglas) who doesn't want to admit that the reason that he failed a polygraph test is that he's boning the first lady, and so goes on the run, causing great unmentioned delay to the process of finding the real Secret Service traitor and therefore endangering the president's life. Meanwhile, his former best friend (Keifer Sutherland) is investigating him, and is biased because he thinks Michael Douglas boned his wife, not the president's.

The direction is a bit silly, with its rapid, slight zooms and dramatic tone, even during events as routine as a location sweep. Douglas and Sutherland give decent performances, but are both capable of better with more interesting material.

Instead, we just have a crime-solver-on-the-run story in which the hero is only on the run because he's a moron.


Silent Hill
(out of four)
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