1. "Where Heart of Darkness Begets Head of Nuttiness." A.O. Scott on Werner Herzog's Cobra Verde.
"It is tempting to say that, in his African and South American adventures, Mr. Herzog, born in Munich and educated, among other places, in Pittsburgh, succumbed to the lure of the tropics and went native. But that would be to underestimate both the extremity and the integrity of his films, in which he sets out to show that he, and by extension the part of the world that fancies itself civilized, is far more savage than any Amazonian or African tribe."
2. "DiCaprio, Winslet to star in 'Road." By Variety's Pamela McClintock.
"Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are teaming for the first time since Titanic to star in DreamWorks' Revolutionary Road. Sam Mendes will direct the pic, based on the acclaimed 1961 novel by Richard Yates about post-war disillusionment."
3. "Four Weddings: The Siren Does Not Hold Her Peace." In the name of the father, the son and the holy goat.
"What's supposed to be so funny about these charmless snots sitting around weddings and mocking anyone who happens to be less rich, less slim, less witty or less drunk than they are?"
4. "Grey's Anatomy: Urge to Kill Rising." Wherein Alan Sepinwall diagnoses his compulsion to keep watching ABC's hit medical drama, and prescribes a solution.
"In the comments on last week's episode, a number of people all but urged me to give up on the show in the wake of the George/Izzie sex fiasco, and after last night's episode, I think they may be right."
5. "Seeking Faith: An Existential Dilemma Told in Black-and-White." Armond White on Luc Besson's Angel-A.
"As producer or director of such films as La Femme Nikita, The Professional, The Fifth Element, the Transporter movies, District B-13 and now Angela-A, Besson has sought diverse movie tastes and audiences. His movies—multicultural jamborees—are all humanist daydreams made in the lingua franca of common-denominator pop."
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