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To “Hem up” this brochure, there are flashbacks to elephant hunting in Africa with David’s dad (Matthew Modine). But mainly there is a ménage à kinky with Caterina Murino as a tawny Spanish beauty desired by the married couple. The nude sea bathing has charm, yet any idea that Hemingway was sexploring androgyny gets washed out like that hair job. Director John Irvin did much better with City of Industry. This could be Tour of Indolence, the sex arriving like Viagra for a flaccid jellyfish that has washed up on the beach at Cannes.

★★



Newsreel: The Reading Gaslamp 15 has decided to greet Christmas with…Die Hard? Yep, it’s one of a dozen holiday-related films to be shown at 7 p.m. for a ticket of just $5. The rundown: Edward Scissorhands (12/13), Gremlins (12/14), Scrooged (12/15), A Christmas Story (12/16), The Bishop’s Wife (12/17), It’s a Wonderful Life (12/18), White Christmas with sing-along (12/19), Die Hard (12/20), Sleepless in Seattle (12/21), Elf (12/22), Christmas in Connecticut (12/23), and Miracle on 34th Street (12/24).

New reviews in the listings: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Queen of the Lot, Samson and Delilah, and Tiny Furniture.



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janjustis Dec. 11, 2010 @ 8:55 a.m.

Most interesting review of The Black Swan, by David Elliott. My favorite reviewers, The New Yorker's David Denby and The SD Reader's Mr. Elliott agree on this one! Quote from Denby: "Black Swan" is every bit as beautiful as a tray of Russian Easter eggs. Maybe someone should crack one of them on Aronofsky's noggin and bring him to his senses.

We probably won't go see this one...

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emovie Dec. 19, 2010 @ 9:30 a.m.

Black Swan is a great movie by one of the most important Directors of our time. You may or may not like the theme or topics of this movie which are definately dark and not for everyone, but you can't deny the quality of directing and artistic value of Aronofsky's work. I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates art cinema. Go see it!

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shizzyfinn Dec. 20, 2010 @ 12:29 p.m.

Mr. Elliott seems to have gone into “Black Swan” thinking he was about to see a movie about ballet. But “Black Swan” is about ballet like “Apocalypse Now” is about motorboats. The real story is what's going on in the main character’s mind.

If you’re in the mood for a cutting-edge psychological thriller that will make you squirm -- or if you’re a Natalie Portman fan who is willing to stomach grim material to see her at her best -- do give “Black Swan” a whirl.

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MsGrant Dec. 20, 2010 @ 4:16 p.m.

Black Swan was a gorgeous film. I highly recommend it. Darkly stylistic, psycho-thriller adult themes, FANTASTICALLY ACTED.

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 20, 2010 @ 5:21 p.m.

I am going to see Black Swan for sure, and my #1 reason will be to see Natalie Portman looking good!!!

. http://www.beachcreeps.com/babe-of-the-day-the-black-swan/ .

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a2zresource Dec. 20, 2010 @ 6:08 p.m.

Two of my nieces gave Black Swan four thumbs up!

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a2zresource Dec. 20, 2010 @ 8:50 p.m.

Old enough not to pay any attention to me on the subject of not getting tattooed; young enough to consider Natalie Portman to be rather old. One them is as thin or thinner; both were cheerleaders. I really think that if anybody saw us all hanging out together and laughing it up in public, I'd probably get shot at for looking like a real perv! Yup... it would look that bad for Mr. Gray who should get no play...

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 21, 2010 @ 8:42 a.m.

Old enough not to pay any attention to me on the subject of not getting tattooed; young enough to consider Natalie Portman to be rather old.

:)!~!

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