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Hardy2
November 08, 2006

Reel Deal


Borat Visits America

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Sacha Baron Cohen (R). British comedian Cohen has taken great delight ambushing British and American politicians in interviews done under his various outrageous guises. Here he plays Kazakhstani TV journalist Borat visiting the U.S., with two goals in mind: learning about the world's greatest country — by playing to the lowest common denominator — and marrying Pamela Anderson.

Bond, James Bond

Casino Royale, Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench (PG-13, Opens November 17). 007 returns, this time in guise of Craig, taken over from the previous Bond, Pierce Brosnan. Without having seen the film, it's safe to say the usual complement of extended poetry readings, quiet moments of grief, and a few ballet sequences will make for a rollicking good time. Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro, GoldenEye) is at the helm.

To Return

Volver, Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas (R). Pedro Almodóvar has always made women the central focus of his films — Talk To Her, All About My Mother, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown — and his latest film, about the troubles of the women in a Spanish family, is no different. Cruz plays a woman covering up the murder of her husband while trying to keep her family, including the spirit of her dead mother, together. The Golden Palm for Best Actress from the Cannes Film Festival was awarded to the five leads.

The Best 365

A Good Year, Russell Crowe, Marion Cotillard, Albert Finney, Freddie Highmore (PG-13, Opens Friday). Both Crowe and director Ridley Scott (Hannibal, Gladiator) take time off from their more brutish efforts to explore their softer sides in this pic. Crowe plays a cutthroat English businessman who gets a taste of the good life after he inherits a vineyard in Provence, France, where he falls in love with the beautiful Fanny (Cotillard).

Fictional Ferrell

Stranger Than Fiction, Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman (PG-13, Opens Friday). Harold Crick, (Ferrell) discovers what it's like to be a character in a book — every action he makes is accompanied by narration that only he can hear. Unfortunately for him, the narrator gives away the ending — the particulars of his death. Hoffman plays the psychiatrist trying to break the narrative flow. Marc Forster (Finding Neverland) directs.

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