Picks and Pans Review: Also Playing

updated 08/15/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/15/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT


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A southerner (Alessandro Nivola) brings his art dealer bride (Embeth Davidtz) back home from Chicago to a North Carolina small town for an uncomfortable visit with his working-class family in an often amusing and eventually affecting drama. (R)


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Hong Kong-based director Wong Kar Wai makes another rapturously beautiful movie, a sort of sequel to 2000's In the Mood for Love, but without that film's seductive pull. 2046 recounts the amorous dalliances of a writer (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) with various women, as well as dramatizing an autobiographical sci-fi story he is writing. Although the movie seems fleetingly profound, afterward it leaves only a memory of ravishing images. (R)

Oyster Farmer

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A modest, genial Australian drama about a city guy on the lam who gets a job on a rural oyster farm and falls for the lifestyle as well as for a local girl. Best is the lovely scenery. (Not rated)

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