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The Matrix Revolutions - Thriller/Sci-fi by Andy and Larry Wachowski. The final chapter in the ground-breaking, pop-culture-altering trilogy. It should answer most of the questions left open by instalment number two, The Matrix Reloaded. But don't let any pseudo-philosophers tell you otherwise; only two questions really matter: Will the film overcome part two's recycled monotony to recapture the balls-out action spirit that made the first so immediately likeable? And, will there be more of Monica Bellucci?
Adaptation (Adaptácia) - Comedy/Drama by Spike Jonze. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Jonze continue their clever, original collaboration where Being John Malkovich left off (literally). Undoubtedly the first film to have received an Academy Award nomination for a fictitious person (the screenplay is credited to Charlie and Donald Kaufman - the latter being Charlie's creation: his non-existent twin), it is also probably the only film that could have been nominated in both the Best Original and Best Adapted Screenplay categories. Confused? So is Charlie Kaufman. This is part of the point of Jonze's and Kaufman's playful postmodern film. Featuring wonderful performances from all its major players, it is a reminder that Nicolas Cage actually can be a great actor, evidence that Meryl Streep should more often play non-melodramatic roles, and proof of Chris Cooper's genius. Cooper's sublime performance, which won him last year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar, represents one of the very few instances in which the Academy was absolutely right. In short: This quirky, subversive gem should not be missed.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen(Liga Výnimočných) - Action/ Sci-fi by Stephen Norrington. A sort of X-Men lite, this film is about a group of exceptional outsiders and mutants who try to save the world. Though it is somewhat amusing to see a literary character such as Dorian Gray in an action film, you'd better serve yourself by watching the second X-Men film on video, or reading a book - such as The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Prepared by Jonathan Knapp
10. Nov 2003 at 0:00