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Magnolia 17 Dec 99

A sprawling and usually brilliant work, full of great parts and performances alike. While resembling Altman's "Short Cuts" on a lot of structural and dramatic levels, there's a freshness of voice here unlike much else seen this -- or any other -- year. However, there's about a half hour too much of this freshness, and there were a few times during the film I wished for a cut about half as long. Strange that a film struck me better after it was done than while watching it. Then again, it takes its time to build to what it wants to build to; I'll take a little self-indulgence if it comes with this little standard formula. A

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