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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

opening wide this week: ‘Cloverfield,’ ‘27 Dresses,’ ‘Mad Money,’ No Country for Old Men’

Cloverfield
Is it Godzilla? Is it Cthulu? Is it the physical manifestation of Donald Trump’s ego? Something huge is stomping around Manhattan Island and making a big mess, and only one thing is for sure: the guys at the Department of Sanitation are in for a lot of overtime if it’s ever gonna get cleaned up. (my review)

27 Dresses
A lonely Manhattan gal is forced to endure the indignity of being a bridesmaid more than two dozen times. It’s being hailed as “Better than the Schwartzman reception!” and “More fun that getting stuck at a table in the corner with your third cousin who smells like cats!” (my review)

Mad Money
Three dames take on a cinematic genre typically left to the boys: the heist. Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes come up with a scheme to rob the federal reserve bank where their work is ignored and unappreciated. Nothing like a major felony to force sexist pigs to sit up and take notice of a gal. (my quick review is coming tomorrow, probably)

No Country for Old Men
The Coen Brothers’ latest criminal rampage is one of the most acclaimed films of 2007, and for good reason: Who the heck knew Josh Brolin could actually act? When he finds a suitcase full of drug money, he has to square off against Javier Bardem, which had to be scary for him, because that dude is seriously talented. (my review)



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  • Three dames take on a cinematic genre typically left to the boys: the heist.
    –Mary Ann Johanson

    You’re probably not old enough to remember “How to Beat the High Cost of Living” and I certainly don’t want to argue whether “Bonnie and Clyde” or “The Lady in Red”–which both feature female bank robbers–count as female heist movies.

    But surely you remember 1996’s “Set It Off,” right?

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