Thursday, January 31, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 83



By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff

Nicole Kidman follows her Moulin Rouge and The Others performances with the romantic comedy Birthday Girl.

In the film, John Buckingham, played by Ben Chaplin, orders a mail-order bride over the Internet after he grows tired of
waiting for his fate to find him. Kidman plays Nadia, the Russian bride who brings twists and turns into the English banker's
life when her Russian "cousins" show up to celebrate her birthday.

Slackers is the latest teen comedy Hollywood has to offer since, well, Orange County. Rushmore's Jason Schwartzman
stars as Ethan, a "geek" who stumbles onto a scam that has a couple of college students receiving perfect grades without any

Ethan gets things going his way by threatening to blackmail the guys unless they help him get the attention of his longtime
crush. The film, directed by first-timer Dewey Nicks, stars James King, Devon Sawa, James Segel and Michael C. Maronna.

The children's drama The Taliesin Jones, also known as The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, follows the life of a boy named
Taliesin Jones. Jones, played by newcomer Jean-Paul Macleod, searches for the answers to life's biggest questions after his
mum leaves home and his father and brother provide no guidance.

In something similar to Billy Eliot, Jones looks to his piano teacher Billy Evans, played by Ian Bannen (Waking Ned Devine),
for a miracle that will change his life.

Directed by Martin Duffy (The Bumblebee Flies Anyway), the Welsh film stars Jonathan Pryce (Ronin), Griff Rhys Jones
(Staggered) and Geraldine James (Moll Flanders).

Another film, In July, opens exclusively at the Angelika Film Center this weekend. Directed by Fatih Akin, the subtitled
German film stars Run Lola Run's Moritz Bleibtreu as Daniel, a physics teacher whose drab lifestyle changes when he falls
in love with a beautiful Turkish girl named Melek and follows her to Istanbul.

On this journey, Daniel learns how to make his own fate and shares his newfound lease on life with a young woman named
Juli, played by Christiane Paul.

The Angelika is also beginning its Sensational Cinema program, in which old films are re-released so audiences can view
classic films on the silver screen.

The first film of the series is Bangkok Dangerous, a Thai film subtitled in English that was written by twin brothers Oxide and
Danny Pang. It follows a deaf mute, Kong, who is recruited and trained to be a hit man by a professional assassin, Jo, and his
girlfriend Aom. Kong becomes a cold, calculated killer in this crime-ridden thriller.

If you're looking for potential Oscar nominees, an Italian drama, The Son's Room, is favored to be nominated for Best
Foreign Film. Director Nanni Moretti stars as Giovanni, an Italian psychoanalyst who must overcome the death of his son.
The film also stars Laura Morante as Paola, the woman who becomes obsessed with finding the girl her son was secretly
close to.

Also, Benjamin Bratt's performance in Pinero has gained some acclaim. Bratt, whose most notable work is on television's
Law & Order, takes on the true story of Miguel Pinero, the Latin American poet who led a radical lifestyle from his youth, into
his prime and until his death from AIDS.

Just as Javier Bardem's performance as a daring poet won him acceptance with Before Night Falls, Bratt finds the same
opportunity with Pinero to open a few more doors, acting-wise.


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