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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

DVD Mini-Reviews: Amores Perros/The United States of Leland 

Amores Perros: Director Alejandro González Iñarritu's title translates as "love's a bitch," and for the characters in this film, it proves true. Set in Mexico City, Amores Perros follows three separate tales that intertwine around a central event. It's a gritty tale of relationships and determination. Love is found for some and lost for others, but in the quest lies also redemption for those who look beyond themselves. 8/10

The United States of Leland: This angst-ridden melodrama is part-Good Will Hunting, part-Catcher in the Rye, but without the intangible qualities that make those stories so endearing. It's an exercise in selfishness that paints a half-empty world in strokes way too broad, so as to induce more apathy than melancholy. Like the title character, you're left unfulfilled and numb, wondering what the hell was the point. 5/10


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