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Action

Black Sea

Jude Law plays a submarine captain and mercenary in a move that drowns.

Biopics

Big Eyes

Tim Burton fails to animate a story about an American painter whose art is "stolen" by her husband.

American Sniper

American sniper Chris Kyle is portrayed as a simple and direct man, to Clint Eastwood's credit.

Drama

The Duellists

There's plenty of style to spare in Ridley Scott's Napoleon-era first feature.

Hollywoodland

A story about what might have happened to the original Superman is stylish but shallow.

Leviathan

Andrey Zvyagintsev's deeply moving account of a Russian life in tatters is high on fatalism.

Horror

The Canal

Irish writer-director Ivan Kavanaugh's haunted house riff does all the right things, but flatly.

Love Eternal

A horror thriller about bereavement, estrangement and necrophilia is odd but incomplete.

Westerns

Slow West

New Zealander John MacLean constructs a brooding Western from a host of quirky parts.

Fantasy

Time Lapse

Bradley King's supernatural thriller has a good idea but its characters soon find themselves boxed in.




Date: 1993
Directed by: Nanni Moretti
Starring: Nanni Moretti, Jennifer Beale

Caro Diario

Nanni Moretti’s version of Fellini’s “Roma,” though he widens the lens. Three skits bring together all that’s trenchant and whiny about Italy’s favorite leftist filmmaker. There’s a Vespa homage to Pasolini with Jennifer Beals along the way (and Keith Jarrett’s throbbing piano); a charming foray to the Aolians in which "The Bold and the Beautiful" plays a key role; finally, Moretti rants on about doctors (he had non-Hodgkins lymphoma). Warts aside, this is an irresistible Rome (and Italy) movie because all the political slings and arrows illustrate a typical Italian paradox: cynical optimism.

Reviewed by: Marcia Yarrow
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