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American Wedding (Prci, prci, prcičky 3: Svadba) - Comedy/Ro-mance by Jesse Dylan. This is the third instalment - and if there is any justice, the last - in the highly successful, highly overrated American Pie series. Centred around the wedding of two of the old high school friends (Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan), the film uses this setting as a means to plunge even further into the world of sexual misadventures and bodily functions. Presumably, no man, woman, animal, baked good, or cliché is spared.


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The Hours (Hodiny) - Drama by Stephen Daldry. Garnering a slew of nominations at last year's Academy Awards, including a Best Actress win for Nicole Kidman, the film interweaves the lives of three different women: writer Virginia Woolf (Kidman), a pregnant 1950s housewife (Julianne Moore), and a successful, but depressed woman in the early 21st century (Meryl Streep), using Woolf's character Mrs Dalloway to bind them together.


Matchstick Men (Podvodníci)- Comedy/Drama by Ridley Scott. It is illegitimate business as usual for two con artists (Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell), until the older, obsessive-compulsive mentor (Cage) discovers that he has a teenage daughter (Alison Lohman) who wants to build a relationship with him.



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Seabiscuit (Seabiscuit: Dupot koní) - Drama by Gary Ross. A huge Hollywood summer box office success, this film is an early favourite for the Academy Awards. It tells the true story of the eponymous racehorse and the three men - the jockey (Tobey Maguire), the trainer (Chris Cooper), and the entrepreneurial owner (Jeff Bridges) - who led the underdog horse to victory in Depression-era America.


The Life of David Gale (Život Davida Galea) - Drama/Mystery by Alan Parker. A well-known professor, writer, and anti-capital punishment activist (Kevin Spacey) is accused and convicted of rape and murder and eventually sentenced to death. A week before his execution, he agrees to give an interview to a major journalist (Kate Winslet).


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Upon hearing his story, she begins to doubt his guilt and then
must race against the clock to clear his name before he is put to death.


Daddy Day Care (Bláznivá škôlka) - Comedy by Steve Carr. A pair of fathers (Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin) get laid off from their jobs, leaving them with nothing to do but take care of their children. It occurs to them that they could make money doing this, so they open up their own day care centre. Crazy antics ensue.


Kill Bill - Action by Quentin Tarantino. Hollywood's enfant terrible returns from hiding with this sprawling, bloody pastiche - the first of two parts. As the avenging heroine, Uma Thurman displays intense focus, something the rest of the film clearly lacks.


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But, this seems to be Tarantino's purpose: to shove as many of his idiosyncratic cinematic loves and obsessions into mainstream multiplexes as possible, using Hong Kong action, Japanese samurai films, and the incredibly beautiful Thurman as his starting point. It is the clearest distillation so far of Tarantino's varied, often marginalized tastes. Defiantly and decidedly not for everyone, but highly recommended for those who have ever grown excited by a movie described as "trash".


Prepared by Jonathan Knapp

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