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Jeepers Creepers 2: Like a Bat out of Hell (Jeepers Creepers 2) - Teen horror by Victor Salva. The sequel to 2001's Jeepers Creepers, the disjointed horror tale of a bizarre creature that feeds on human flesh. Coming out of hibernation for his latest 23-day feast, The Creeper stumbles upon a broken-down bus containing basketball players, cheerleaders, and coaches. Supporting the starring winged beast (Richard Breck) this time around is Ray Wise, best known for his unforgettable work as Laura Palmer's father in David Lynch's Twin Peaks.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Pán prsteňov: Návrat kráľa)- Fantasy/Epic by Peter Jackson. Little needs to be said to preface this film, the completion of Jackson's ambitious, successful trilogy. Lord of the Rings purists may continue to grumble over inaccuracies or variations from JRR Tolkien's text; instead, they should join the rest of the world in awe. With parts I and II (and surely with part III, shot concurrently), Jackson achieved an epic quality not seen consistently since the peak of the Hollywood studio system (1930-1960) and expanded upon it with computer technology. It is difficult to say when live-action fantasy/epic filmmaking will be done this well again - perhaps next time Jackson releases a film (King Kong, scheduled for 2005). In the meantime, fortunately, we have The Return of the King.

Intolerable Cruelty (Neznesiteľná krutosť) - Romantic comedy by Joel Coen. Do not be alarmed or fooled by the romantic comedy label. Though that is exactly what this film is, it is also, after all, a Coen brothers' film and thus reaches a level of cynicism and absurdity not seen in the genre since the heyday of the 1940s screwball comedies of Preston Sturges and Ernst Lubitsch or the 1950s/1960s work of supreme cynic Billy Wilder. The kings of contemporary genre filmmaking, the Coens consistently put their own irreverent spin on classical Hollywood forms, managing to make even their lesser films (which Intolerable Cruelty is) infinitely more enjoyable and clever than almost anything else Hollywood currently produces. George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones are delightful as the battling would be/want-to-be lovers. Geoffrey Rush, Cedric the Entertainer, Edward Herrmann, and Billy Bob Thornton each have memorable, smaller roles.

Moonlight Mile (Poločná miľa) - Drama by Brad Silberling. Drawing from the experience of his girlfriend's murder, writer/director Silberling tells the story of Joe Nast, played by the wonderful Jake Gyllenhaal, who develops a strong relationship with his deceased fiancée's parents (Susan Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman). But, as they mutually grieve and become a makeshift family, Joe becomes unsure of how exactly to handle his rapidly increasing attraction to somebody else - Bertie (Ellen Pompeo). Though it occasionally succumbs to unnecessary sentimentality and some of its plot turns feel unearned, Silberling's film thankfully avoids becoming the unbearably sappy, humourless mess that it could so easily have been.

Prepared by Jonathan Knapp

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