Picks and Pans Review: Also Playing

updated 05/16/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/16/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT


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In this insightful Danish drama, one brother (Ulrich Thomsen, above with Connie Nielsen) is happily wed and has a successful career in the military, while his sibling is an alcoholic ex-con. A tragedy changes the paths of both men and makes each realize that love, family and sharing emotion are what get us through life. Susanne Bier (Open Hearts) directed. (R)

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood


For those who relish a dark peek at the underbelly of showbiz, who better to serve as a guide than effusive, clueless Jiminy Glick, the fawning-Hollywood-journalist alter ego of Martin Short (below)? He sends Glick to romp among movie stars, both real (Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon etc.) and fictional, at the Toronto Film Festival in this amusing but scattershot mess of a comedy. Strictly for hardcore Jiminy fans. (R)

Mysterious Skin

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3rd Rock from the Sun's Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives a heartbreaking and very grown-up performance as a hardened teenage hustler in a difficult-to-watch but ultimately affecting drama about the lasting effects of childhood sexual abuse. Director-writer Gregg Araki (Splendor) makes his most mature film with this richly haunting work. Costars Brady Corbet, Elisabeth Shue and Michelle Trachtenberg are all terrific. (Not rated)

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