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Swimfan (Nebezpečná známosť) - Thriller by John Polson. Fatal Attraction for 21st century adolescents, only this time it is a popular high school swim star the femme fatale is after. After what she promises is just a one-night stand with the swim star (Jesse Bradford), Madison Bell (Erika Christensen) hungers for more, no matter who or what she must destroy.


Freaky Friday (Strelený piatok)- Comedy/Fantasy by Mark S. Waters. In this remake of the 1976 Disney family classic, a soon-to-be-remarried mother (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her angst-ridden teenage daughter (Lindsay Lohan) constantly quarrel.


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With the mother's wedding rapidly approaching, the two must quickly reconcile, but it is not until the magical powers of the Chinese fortune cookie cause them to switch bodies that they can begin to see through one another's eyes.


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American Wedding (Prci, prci, prcičky 3: Svadba) - Comedy/Romance 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.


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, this is quite difficult and ambiguous for a typical high-profile Hollywood studio effort. Held together by uniformly strong performances (Kidman really is as good as advertised), the film manages to be engaging and thought-provoking throughout, despite some imperfections and its attempt to tackle a bit too much.


Kill Bill - Action by Quentin Tarantino. Hollywood's enfant terrible shoves as many of his idiosyncratic cinematic loves and obsessions into this film as possible, using Hong Kong action, Japanese samurai films, and the incredibly beautiful Uma 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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