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Jonathan's Sundance Reviews, 2006 

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12 films this year. Same rating scale of 1-5.   The title of each film links to IMDB for full cast and details.

Solo Dios Sabe (5) Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out (5) Puccini for Beginners (3)
Kinky Boots (5) Lucky Number Slevin (5) Stay (3)
The Illusionist (5) Wordplay (4) Flannel Pajamas (3)
Thank You For Smoking (5) Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner (4) Steel City (3)
Solo Dios Sabe (5)

"Must see." An epic love story that drips with beauty, from the stunning Alica Braga (Dolores) to the spectacular countrysides in Brazil and Mexico. Sensuous, honest, heartlifting. Overcoming modern obstacles mixes with sacred heritages.

Kinky Boots (5)

“Must See.” If you liked The Full Monty, you’ll love this. A drag queen comes to the rescue of a man who, after inheriting his father's shoe factory, needs to diversify his product if he wants to keep the business afloat.

The Illusionist (5)
"Must See." Top quality intrigue and story. In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician (Norton) uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.
Thank You For Smoking (5)

Hilarious and a tad disturbing. Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.

Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out (5)

Die-hard Police fans will love this. Stewart Copeland, drummer for The Police, compiles his Super 8 footage for an intimate look at what it was like to be a member of one of the world's biggest rock bands.

Lucky Number Slevin (5)

Great twister. Will appeal to fans of Usual Suspects, House of Games, Mamet in general. A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin (Josh Hartnett) into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley) and The Boss (Morgan Freeman). Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski (Stanley Tucci) as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat (Bruce Willis) and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.

Wordplay (4)

Captivating for all crossword addicts. An in-depth look at The New York Times' long-time crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz and his loyal fan base.

Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner (4)

Moving and heartening. A documentary on the personal and political life of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tony Kushner. The film begins in 2001, when Kushner was mounting the production of his play "Homebody/Kabul" and runs through 2004, as he worked on John Kerry's presidential campaign, got married to Mark Harris, worked with Maurice Sendak, and opened the Broadway musical "Caroline, or Change."

Puccini for Beginners (3)

Solid romantic comedy doing justice to love triangles everywhere. A recently-singled New York writer finds herself in two surprising and complicated relationships.

Stay (3)

If you ever had a sexual encounter with a dog, you may have kept it to yourself. Here's a film about what happens after deciding to come clean. A dark comedy about the complexities of honesty. 'Stay' unravels a girl's relationships when she reluctantly reveals a past indiscretion, involving sex and a dog. Nuff said.

Flannel Pajamas (3)

A well crafted, classicly independent film about the trials and unfolding of a relationship. Great dialog, compelling characters even when you don’t like them, and some interesting plot twists maintain your attention. A few extra nude scenes than you might see in a mainstream flick. Julianne Nicholson and Justin Kirk play the leads.

Steel City (3)

Mediocore. During a Midwestern winter, two working-class brothers must cope with their recently incarcerated father.

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