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NEW RELEASES - November 1

FRESH FROM THE THEATERS

Millions (2004).

"Fantasy is front and center in Millions," writes talltale, calling the film "a charming, entertaining tract about the uses of religion, economics, and charity. Yes, the movie makes you feel good, but [director Danny] Boyle also makes sure you understand why you're feeling good. Smart, sweet stuff, this - and the kids are terrific!"

Heights (2004).

"Heights, a feature debut by director Chris Terrio, celebrates its essential New York-ness as few other films have," wrote N.P. Thompson in the introduction to his interview with the filmmaker. "Along with the screenwriter Amy Fox, the impressive cinematographer Jim Denault, and a flawless cast, Terrio tracks a day in the life of Isabel (played by Elizabeth Banks), a woman in her twenties, who balances her upcoming wedding to a handsome young attorney (James Marsden) with her struggle to establish a name for herself as a photographer."

Also features a terrific turn from Glenn Close and, in supporting roles, Eric Bogosian, Michael Murphy, Isabella Rossellini, Rufus Wainwright and George Segal.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).

"A definite step-up from its flawed yet serviceable predecessors, The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, respectively," says JTurner1. "Whereas the aforementioned prequels took their time to set up exposition, this one unfolds at such a fierce, kinetic pace that you'll be hanging on for dear life."

Bonus disc.

FOREIGN

Tropical Malady (2004).

"If there is a Thai equivalent of Gesamtkunstwerk, [Apichatpong] Weerasethakul's cinema is it," James Quandt wrote in Artforum back in May, noting he's a filmmaker steeped in "Bruce Baillie and Andy Warhol... Thai soap operas and ghost stories, love songs, talk shows, children's tales, and Buddhist fables... to turn everyday objects and images into the ineffable and enigmatic, inhabitants of a phantom zone where the hard, 'real' world of cars and bodies and buildings cedes dominion to a magical realm of reverie and desire."

Also: Don't miss the interview Jonathan Marlow conduced with Apichatpong Weerasethakul earlier this year.

15 (2003).

Roystan Tan's original short about five teens in Singapore was such a hit on the festival circuit, he eventually turned it into a feature. "Harrowing," pronounced Philip French in the Guardian, and little wonder: "They do drugs, get drunk, smuggle heroin, take part in violent gang warfare, are obsessed with sex, rail against educated Chinese boys who despise them, devise rock routines, pierce their bodies, practise self-mutilation, intimidate respectable citizens in public and contemplate suicide."

Not a date movie, in other words.

DRAMA

Two for the Road (1967).

"They keep talking about doing a remake of this, but who would have the balls?" Don Roos wondered out loud as he compiled a list of guilty pleasures for Film Comment this summer. "It's perfect."

With Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney.

Orchestra Wives (1942).

The orchestra here is Glenn Miller's and he's pretty much playing himself. The plot has something to do with backstage rivalries among, that's right, the wives who are traveling along with the band, but that's neither here nor there, really. The movie's about the musical numbers that'll whisk you off to another time and place.

With George Montgomery and Anne Rutherford.

The Rains Came (1939).

"An exotic romantic melodrama," writes TV Guide, "an epic tearjerker."

With Myrna Loy, Tyrone Power and George Brent.

ANIME

Kyo Kara Maoh! God (?) Save Our King! (2005).

"I admit it, I absolutely loved this anime," Battie wrote of the first volume. "Every male character is extremely bishie (even if Yuri and his fiance are younger-looking). I've heard people say X has some bishie guys, but they can't compare to Kyo Kara Maoh's lads."

"Whether you're in it for the adventure or the lighthearted man-on-man innuendo, this series is a quirky and fun twist of a well-worn genre," writes Carlo Santos for the Anime News Network.

Browse the New Releases Archive for more recent arrivals.

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