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Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com


Verhoeven redeems
himself with
evocative epic
"Black Book"
The Michigan Theater
Sony Pictures Classics
Though Paul Verhoeven ("Hol-
low Man") holds a place in his-
tory as the first person to accept
a Razzie - the anti-Academy
Award given for exceptionally

egregious achievements in film
- in person, he finally proves
he is capable of being a posi-
tive cinematic influence with
"Black Book." Set in 1940's Hol-
land, "Black Book" is an alter-
native look at World War II and
the Holocaust. The film carries
all the solemnity and respect a
dedicatory piece toward this era
should, and adds a certain emo-
tional and political complexity.
There are two faults with
"Black Book." First, the movie
expects the viewer to believe a
Jewish woman and a Nazi offi-
cer could love each other despite
knowledge of who the other is.

And, it expects the viewer to be FILM
able to keep pace with all of theD
plot twists in which characters Russe
reveal themselves to be spies and c4
even double agents. Wait
However, neither of these slips sm o
interferes withthemovie's provoc- I
ative questions about humanity in ***
the Central European socio-politi-
cal environment of World War II. "Waitress
With outstanding performances The Mich
on the part of newcomer Carice Fox Searc
van Houten and Sebastian Koch
("The Lives of Others"), "Black Adriens
Book" is one of the non-Blockbust- emanates
er summer films worthy of your that really
time, money and thoughts. a heartbr
ELIE ZWIEBEL actress an

ll and
ress" go down
igan Theater
ne Shelley's "Waitress"
an unsinkable buoyancy
y doesn't belong in such
eaking story. Shelley, the
d filmmaker best known

for her work in 1999's "I'll Take You
There," was murdered last winter
in her New York City apartment.
She wrote, directed and co-stars in
this film about three Southern wait-
resses lost in different places deep
within the maze of midlife.
Keri Russell (TV's "Felicity")
plays the lead role of Jenna, a sin-
cere, self-sacrificing young wife
with one big problem: She hates her
husband. That problem becomes
even bigger when Jenna learns she
is pregnant, cornering her further
into a life she yearns to escape.
Jenna's gift is making pies; her
unique creations are the talk of the
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