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AS PROMISING as it is, Vincent Gallo's film Buffalo 66, about an ex-con (played by himself, left) who kidnaps a dancer (Christina Ricci) in order to convince his parents that he is married, doesn't measure up to Ozu - or Cassavetes, or indeed any of the other dozen influences here. But it has enough inspired moments to convince you that Gallo is no bluffer. It's just a shame that the psychology of his characters isn't as mature as his grasp of cinematic technique.

On general release

In Divorcing Jack, a moment of casual infidelity for a drunken Northern Irish journalist (David Thewlis) sets in motion an espionage plot that implicates politicians, the IRA and a gun-toting nun-o-gram, but the convoluted plotting ultimately squeezes the life out of the movie.

On general release

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