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Black Snake Moan / *** (R)
by Roger Ebert I had never really heard many half-snorts before. Snorts, yes, and silence. But what do you make of an audience that has no idea how to react? "Black Snake Moan" is the oddest, most peculiar movie I've seen about sex and race and redemption in the Deep South. It may be the most peculiar recent movie ever except for "Road House," but then what can you say about "Road House"? Such movies defy all categories.

Tears of the Black Tiger / *** (Not rated)
by Jim Emerson
The term "eye-popping" could have been coined to describe Thai writer-director Wisit Sasanatieng's "Tears of the Black Tiger," not only for its retina-smacking colors, but because some eyes actually get popped. And some brains and lungs and other viscera, too. Bloody and syrupy, tragic and silly, this retro pastiche stands with its right foot in melodrama and its left in camp, shifting its weight woozily from one side to the other like a drunken Sergio Leone gunslinger straddling the camera.

An Unreasonable Man / ** (Not rated)
by Jim Emerson
"The only distinction between Bush and Gore is the velocity with which their knees hit the floor when big corporations knock on the door." -- Ralph Nader, repeating one of his talking points in the Los Angeles Times, June 27, 2000 "I think Nader is a Leninist. He thinks things have to get worse before they get better." -- Media critic Eric Alterman in "An Unreasonable Man" If the collapse of presidential candidate Ralph Nader's reputation has been a "tragedy" of Shakespearean dimensions, as his friend Phil Donohue says near the beginning of "An Unreasonable Man," then it's reasonable to ask: What is the nature of that tragedy?

March 2, 2007 / * ()
Wild Hogs
Comedy of Power (L'Ivresse du Pouvoir)

Days of Glory ('Indigenes') / ***1/2 (R)
By Jim Emerson Editor, Rachid Bouchareb's "Days of Glory" is a rousing, old-fashioned World War II platoon movie in the gritty tradition of combat pictures like Don Siegel's "Hell is for Heroes," Sam Fuller's "The Big Red One" and Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan." And if the word "Glory" in the English title reminds you of the 1989 multiple-Oscar-winning movie with Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington, about the first company of black soldiers during the American Civil War ... well, that's probably just fine with the film's U.S. distributors, the Weinstein Company and IFC Films.

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