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 V.17 No.3 | January 17 - 23, 2008 

Reel World

Spanish Shoot-’Em-Ups

On Jan. 17, Instituto Cervantes at the National Hispanic Cultural Center kicks of a brand-new, multiweek film series. “Cinema Policíaco” shines a spotlight on the low-budget gangster thrillers studios in Madrid and Barcelona were pumping out in the ’50s. The series starts with a bang this Thursday thanks to ultraprolific director Ignacio F. Iquino’s Brigada Criminal. This 1950 film spins the story of a fresh-faced graduate from Madrid’s Police School who becomes involved in a robbery at a bank where his uncle works as a teller.

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“I feel pretty! Oh, so pretty!”

Film Review

27 Dresses

At least they nailed the “something borrowed” part

Employing weddings to make women cry (Four Weddings and a Funeral, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Wedding Planner, The Wedding Singer, The Wedding Date, The Runaway Bride) is a cheap and easy tactic. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel. It’s simply ... unsporting (to say nothing of uninspired) of filmmakers.

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“Here’s where we put the strip club.”

Film Review

There Will Be Blood

Raw-boned American saga ditches melodrama for elemental filmmaking

Much-praised director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) ditches his popular ensemble-cast comedy/drama style for a dark, visually sparse single-character study. Borrowing some of its plot and most of its characters from an obscure Upton Sinclair novel (titled Oil!), Anderson’s There Will Be Blood sweet-talks Irish actor Daniel Day-Lewis out of yet another self-imposed “retirement” to play the single most vicious, mesmerizing, unforgettable character of the year.

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Idiot Box

“Told You I’d Be Back.”

“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” on FOX

“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” isn’t the best sci-fi action series ever made. But given today’s Writers Guild strike-mandated slate of reality shows and reruns, it’s enough to rate as a desperately welcome addition to the midseason TV schedule.

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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.

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Today's Events

Movies on the Mesa at Mesa Del Sol

This showing features Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock.

The Phantom of the Opera (1943) at KiMo Theatre

Movies in the Park at Los Vecinos Community Center

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