Director: Michael Snow. With Kim Plate, Greg Hermanovic, John Massey, Joanne Tod. (93 min.)
Sterritt *** Named after the part of the brain that passes signals between the two hemispheres, this avant-garde extravaganza uses digital techniques to morph, twist, and generally slice and dice every object and person it can find, destabilizing every known category of time, place, and gender along the way. Snow is a full-fledged genius who enlarged the fundamental horizons of cinema with his classic "Wavelength," but here his aesthetic and philosophical ideas don't quite keep pace with his technological boldness.
Director: Akira Kurosawa. With Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi. (207 min.)
Sterritt **** Kurosawa has always been the West's favorite Japanese filmmaker, and this 1954 epic is one of his most popular crowd-pleasers, spinning the action-filled tale of trouble-plagued villagers who hire a gaggle of unemployed warriors to defend them against lawless thugs in the area. The legendary Mifune leads a superb cast, and Kurosawa's kinetic camera keeps the adventure sizzling with energy and wit from start to finish.
Director: Clint Eastwood. With Eastwood, Anjelica Huston, Jeff Daniels. (115 min.)
Sterritt *** An aging cop tracks down the serial killer who murdered the donor of his newly transplanted heart. Eastwood plays the sleuth a sort of geriatric Dirty Harry with the same physically taut, emotionally walled-up personality that has typified most of his characters. He still gets the girl, too. In the director's chair, Eastwood takes a conservative approach, telling the tale efficiently but with few of the imaginative touches that have made some of his films so memorable.
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