AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


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7/8/09

HE SAID, SHE SAID....Adam


HE SAID....

By Gerald Wright

Most romance flicks are based on the idea of an innate emotional ending. I won't be a spoiler and give away the finale; however, the notion that good people are rewarded and evil people are punished isn't true. This beautifully crafted film doesn't type-cast anyone as good or bad. In this romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other are rewarded with emotional justice....

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Gerald Wright
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SHE SAID....

By Linda Z

Hold on to your hat, secure your seat belt, the film Adam breaks with tradition. Imagine a mainstream film, where the women are Not the essentially irrelevant characters who appear when a need to show the otherwise perfect man mess up because of Her, the Bad one, the woman otherwise kept out of the viewer's awareness....

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Linda Z
WBAI Women's Collective


JAN AARON, THE FILM GOURMET

ADAM: Love Peppered With Limitations

Writer director Max Mayer's “Adam” is an unusual and captivating and delicious love story.

Hugh Dancy in the title role as an engineer is nice looking and living alone in his Manhattan apartment after the death of his Dad. Beth (Rose Bryne) is his beautiful neighbor who wins his trust and pulls him out of his perplexing shell.

In time, she gains his trust and he tells her he has Asperger’s Syndrome, a highly functional form of autism. He tells her about his difficulty in discerning what other people think and feel, his social insecurities and need for complete candor from others. He also tells Beth he’s attracted to her. She’s teaching at a private school nearby to finance her dream of one day writing children’s books.

Beth is also attracted to him, but decides to play it with caution. She’s just experienced wrenching break-up with her boyfriend and also knows that Adam presents a unique situation. The movie keeps you guessing how things will turn out until the end. But you know they will have major impact on each of their lives.

In some of best sequences in the film Mayer sets up moments of trust and flashes of insight between his two characters. Dancy in particular, digs deep into the character and Bryne builds nicely into her role. She is handling a social powder keg who might ruin a party, but she thinks she’s up to the challenge.

Stellar moments include Beth’s introduction to planetarium show Adam has created in his apartment and their nocturnal visit to the raccoons in Central Park. A subplot introduces some legal troubles facing her parents (Peter Gallagher and Amy Irving), adding an interesting dimension. New York looks great throughout.

Film Gourmet sum-up: Nice recipe for off-kilter love.

Rating: Three Croutons


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