Nic at night

Scorsese manages to bring out the dead, especially in the living

Trapped in a Cage: Nicolas Cage and Marc Anthony prove that it ain't called Hell's Kitchen for nothing.
Trapped in a Cage: Nicolas Cage and Marc Anthony prove that it ain't called Hell's Kitchen for nothing.

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Starring Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames, Tom Sizemore, Marc Anthony, Mary Beth Hurt, and Cliff Curtis

Opens October 22

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Directed by Martin Scorsese
Screenplay by Paul Schrader, based on the novel by Joe Connelly

Excluding a strange and utterly unnecessary racial slur hurled at a turbaned taxi driver, Bringing Out the Dead comprises some profoundly compassionate ideas and scenes (note Frank's hallucinations and the guilt theme). It would be nice to gush poetically over it, to say things like: "Graffiti and derelicts hover like a beckoning penance," or "This rumination upon mortality reawakens the soul," or (every payola-critic's standby) "A shattering triumph!" But it's much more accurate to state that this time around, Marty's New York is simply a pretty cool mess. Plenty of soulful blood is splattered, but only about half of it congeals.

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