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Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

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TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION (NR) Directory Tom Peosay spent 10 years making this documentary about the plight of Tibet under the oppressive shadow of Beijing. It features narration and voice-overs from Martin Sheen, Ed Harris, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon as well as a musical contribution from R.E.M. At Landmark Theatres Midtown Art Cinema.

TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI (HANDS OFF THE LOOT) (1954) (NR) Jacques Becker's 1954 French gem about the aftermath of a gold heist is of interest chiefly for: 1) Jean Gabin, pushing 50 but with women half his age throwing themselves at him (part of the film's unbridled sexism); 2) young Jeanne Moreau looking like a typical starlet of the period -- see her watch her feet in a brief dance number but make it look sexy!; and 3) casual drug use and nudity you couldn't have seen on U.S. screens at the time. At Lefont Garden Hills.--SW

21 GRAMS (R) Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's (Amores Perros) drama is an anguished meditation on the mess and guilt left behind when a tragedy unites three disparate strangers. A grieving drug addict (Naomi Watts), an ex-con turned Jesus freak (Benicio Del Toro) and a gravely ill man (Sean Penn) waiting for a heart transplant find their lives intersecting in a film that recalls the tapestried existential angst of Magnolia. The film features a genuinely tortured, magnetic turn by Del Toro, whose fascinating character should have had his own movie. 21 Grams is overburdened by its melodramatic meltdowns and actorly moments that spell out the traumas in far too broad gestures.--FF

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