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Kino Korner October 20, 2006
 
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The Departed

What They Say: Two rookie cops are involved on both sides of an investigation of a Boston mafia chief in this Martin Scorsese remake of a Hong Kong cop thriller. We don't want to spoil anything, so that's all we're gonna tell you. Just go out and see this film.

What We Say: Scorsese owns the wise-guy gangster genre, and now he shows John Woo how to do Hong Kong blood-'n-melodrama on American soil. While it's not quite up to Goodfellas quality, it is easily one of the best films you're going to see in a long time. Even little punk bitch DiCaprio manages to crawl back to relative legitimacy after this soon-to-be classic. Nicholson hasn't been this much fun for at least 20 years.

The Lowdown: Goodfellas meets Hill Street Blues by way of Hard-Boiled.

Best Bit: The bloodiest parts.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin.

Rating: 5/5

Playing At: Oktyabr

The Devil Wears Prada

What They Say: Based on the book of the same name, Frumpy Anne Hathaway gets a job as bitchy Meryl Streep's butt girl. Zany.

What We Say: This topic was covered much better in Swimming with Sharks. Hathaway's transformation from socially conscious liberal arts graduate to superficial fashion dork and back again is contrived and boring. Why can't Hollywood just allow its films' heroes to sell out, just like in real life?

The Lowdown: 9 to 5 meets Swimming with Sharks.

Best Bit: N/A

Starring: Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Anne Hathaway.

Rating: 2/5

Playing At: Who cares

World Trade Center

What They Say: Even old-school Pygmies know what this one's about. Directed by Oliver Stone.

What We Say: Many felt that it's too soon for this film. That's just fucking stupid. 9/11 has been on screens daily for the past 5 years, so we simply don't understand what could be shocking about trying to tell the story that everyone knows. It's not a musical, people. Our issue with this movie is that it didn't address 9/11 enough. World Trade Centre is arguably the first big screen Hollywood production of 9/11, involving an A-list actor and Stone chose to focus on a very isolated sliver of happenings around something that essentially changed the face of international politics. The film was overshadowed by the weight of 9/11 almost immediately, and will be quickly forgotten. This means that we will have to wait a bit longer for the definitive story.

The Lowdown: Buried Alive meets Towering Inferno.

Best Bit: Found on the Internet.

Starring: Nicholas Cage, ethnic minorities.

Rating: 2.5/5

Playing At: Pirate kiosks

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