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  April 1
2004
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Neil LaBute's 'Things' Have a Nice Shape

The Problem With Playing God:  Atwood Brings Her Social Sci-Fi to SLC
'The Duchess of Malfi' Thrusts Energy Into Babcock
'The Corporation' Unveils the Trappings of Corporate America
 

Del Toro Brings Humor and Style to 'Hellboy'

Disney Animation Finds a 'Home on the Range'
 
 
 
 

 theReel
 
Opening This Weekend
 
by Jeremy Mathews

“Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer”
See review
3 reels (out of four)


“Hellboy”
See review
3.5 reels (out of four)


“Home on the Range”
See review
3.5 reels (out of four)


“The Prince and Me”
Paramount Pictures
Rated PG

Julia Stiles plays a study-obsessed college freshmen who meets the Prince of Denmark in her Wisconsin college. He’s trying to fit in…with Wisconsin college students. It must have been one hell of a brochure. Expect people to fall in love, have misunderstandings and reunite.


“The Reckoning”
Paramount Classics
Rated R
(out of four)

Films set in medieval times tend to be sweeping, elegant royal epics, but director Paul McGuigan’s “The Reckoning,” adapted from Mark Mills’s novel, looks at fringe members of society with handheld cameras and gritty realism. The murder mystery critiques the era’s reign of the Catholic church in the government through the eyes of a renegade priest and a touring theater troupe.

Rising talent Paul Bettany plays Nicholas, a priest who abandons his post after sleeping with another man’s wife. Willem Dafoe plays Martin, the new leader of the actors that his father led until he died the night Nicholas met him. Martin has a vision of theater that isn’t based on biblical stories (who knows, it could catch on), and decides to make some money by dramatizing the recent murder. Research for the production soon suggests that the deaf woman whom the town convicted didn’t commit the murder, and Nicholas sets out to uncover the truth, even if it endangers the established government.

While the story runs a bit long and occasionally becomes convoluted, “The Reckoning” makes up for it with the depiction of medieval theater and a stunning scene in which Nicholas and Martin speak with the blind girl. Plus, there are no kings, knights or fairies.


“Tycoon”
New Yorker Films
Not Rated
Opening at the Madstone
(Not reviewed)

“Tycoon” is apparently “The Godfather” set in Russia with a more difficult storyline. Watch the gangsters start scheming during the Gorbachev era and continue to modern times.


“Walking Tall”
MGM
Rated PG-13

Some walk crooked and some walk small, but The Rock walks tall as a man who returns to the Army to find his town overrun with crime and drugs in “Walking Tall.” So he does what any former Special Forces officer would do—kick some ass.

 
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