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This lame thriller has poor direction and a horrible script, which removes all psychology and reduces the characters to one-note duds. It is also extremely PG-13, which reduces the nastiness of the violence and dulls the sexuality to nothing. A woman lets a psycho into her house after an interminably dull setup, and when she does fight back, is of the "hit-once-and-drop-the-weapon" school. You deserve better.

If you like serious, cerebral sci-fi, and you are interested in movies as a form and what might happen to that form, RUN, do not walk, to see this movie. Robin Wright plays a version of herself. Her studio wants to scan her, then produce as many movies as they want, starring her digital self. The entire second half of the movie is animated, as we enter Wright's digitized mind. It is the rare movie of ideas, and is easy to follow, but you need to pay serious attention. And oh by the way--it's also hilarious.

At last: De Palma's Scarface. It was among my east favorite De Palma films, because it doesn't have much of his showy direction (and gangster films, eh), but I was able to get into it this time in the context of a remake of the 1932 Howard Hawks film (which it very much is) and to see that the De Palma style is still there, just smartly restrained in order to let the outrageousness of the events show through.

Jake Gyllenhaal id a professor who finds that he has an exact double living in his city, with a wife that looks considerably like his girlfriend. But not all is what it seems. This is a beautifully-shot, well-acted and fascinating movie that will give you a lot to talk about and unravel. Thing is, once you do unravel it, the reality is pretty pedestrian, making the unraveling the best thing about it.

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Moviegoers in Harm's Way

There has been a spike in movies this summer that depict mass destruction and skyscrapers toppling, yet we rarely if ever see a dead body or even any blood. What effect does this have on moviegoers, and what does it tell us about the way filmmakers view their audience?

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The Birds: Explained!

Here you will encounter my answer to the enduring question about this film: Why do the birds attack? I point out that if you pay attention to the non-attack material, you can see that the bird attacks are the physical manifestation of the mother's rage against rival's for her son's affection.

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