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Reviews for the week of June 18, 2001.

Monday:
Moulin Rouge

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Come to Club Moulin Rouge, an experience you'll never forget. In 1899 Paris, the Moulin Rouge is the hottest spot in town, filled with young girls and paying men, dancing, excitment, it's the place to be. But something is about to happen - A writer from England happens to cross the paths of some play writes, and joins them. In the Moulin Rouge, he falls for the star courtesan, whom a duke is madly infatuated with. But as it turns out - Satine (the courtesan) falls for the writer, Christian. Full of laughs, love, music and color - this is a movie you won't forget.

WOW! That's ALL I can say. I went into the theater on opening night with VERY high expectations - halfway through the movie - they were exceeded. I've never seen ANYTHING like it! It's like Cabaret on acid! Hell, there was a singing moon! The lone complaint I had was that the lip-synch was a bit off (yes, it was really them singing...and they both had WONDERFUL voices, but in musicals they usually record the singing seperately), but I could care less. Who says that 20th century music and 1900's dancing don't mix? Great acting, cinematography, songs, and Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor make a very convincing couple! It was spectacular, spectacular! Lots of great slapstick humor, AWSOME songs, it was not only a great movie, but an enchanting experience. It's been three days since I saw this movie and I can't believe how much I'm still thinking about it! I can't wait to go see it in the theaters again, many, many times. All in all, a wonderful tale told through song, dance, and drama. A great tale about a club where the men pay in cash instead of gifts, a duke coveting his "prize", and above all things - love.

My Rating = Four Stars

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Wednesday:
The Graduate

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Benjamin Braddock is a little confused about his life..... Benjamin has just graduated college, and is home for the summer, until he starts Graduate School the following term. At a celebration for his graduation, Benjamin comes across his father's best friend's wife, Mrs. Robinson, a family friend whose known Benjamin for nearly all his life. Mrs. Robinson asks Ben to drive her home, and he reluctantly grants her request. A series of events follow, and in the end, it appears Mrs. Robinson is trying to seduce our naive hero. So the story goes - and for months Ben and Mrs. Robinson meet at the Taft Hotel..... But things become more complicated when Ben falls in love with her daughter, Elaine.

When this came out in 1967, it was a huge hit, nominated for Best Picture (it lost to In the Heat of the Night), but it did manage to sneak by with Best Director). This classic still stands strong today, as it has an amazing ability to speak to young people. Benjamin is meant to be the embodiment of every teen and young adult, (which means his character is slightly exaggerated) he is naive, confused, and lost. He spends a great deal of time tumbling around life (and the movie), trying to figure out where he's at, and basically what's going on. So you can see how teens can relate to Ben, he feels all the confusion we sometimes feel.

The Graduate is hands down one of the greatest films ever made. It's off-the-wall, loads of fun, and packed with laughs. The acting by Dustin Hoffman is perfect, I couldn't imagine *anyone* (not even Al Pacino!) playing Ben. Katherine Ross and Anne Bancroft were also quite good. But perhaps the most memorable thing is the end, which has been spoofed many times, from The Simpsons to Wayne's World 2. So if you haven't seen it already (and if you haven't by now, you probably don't deserve to!), see it, while your still young!!!!

My Rating = Four Stars

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Friday:
Tomb Raider

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Angelina Jolie portrays Lara Croft, of the famed Tomb Raider franchise. It's Lara's first adventure on the big screen, and people were packed in to see their favorite fictional female struting her stuff in the flesh.

Ah yes, one of my favorite game series has finally made it's way to the silver screen, so of course, I was awaiting it with great anticipation. I was not in the least disappointed by Tomb Raider, because, well, I didn't have very high expectations. Movies based on games have never really ended up being very good (see Mortal Kombat), but I was surprised it pulled through so well. Well yes, the writing was bad, but it wasn't supposed to be! It was supposed to be about showing off Lara kicking people's butts. Which is what she did, yes thin plot, sappy moments, and stupid love-interest, but hey, that wasn't the point! Good action, and Lara Croft in the flesh! Although I did find it kind of hard to believe Angelina Jolie was our favorite virtual icon.

The film is worth seeing, in fact, I'd probably see it again, but be advised: it's not a GOOD movie, it's a fun little action thing. Fans of the game (like myself) may be a little annoyed that they didn't stay a little truer to the game (i.e. - that old butler that I have so much fun locking in the refridgerator isn't very old! And not to mention Lara didn't wear her trademark outfit...).

I do hope they make a sequel, as I think they can improve upon this, seeing as how this was a good first effort.

My Rating = Two Stars

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