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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v9n9 (03/03/2010) » Section: Film Reviews


“It’s only a theory,” says young Annie Darwin to her father Charles (Paul Bettany), echoing the persistent charge of rightist anti-evolution partisans in the United States. That, of course, is not what director Jon Amiel and his co-creators intended with this earnest, emotionally intense film about the personal and philosophical crisis of the revolutionary evolutionist. Creation clearly enough takes Darwin’s side in the strife between religious authority and the claims of science that his epochal book, On the Origin of the Species, reignited and refocused over a century and a half ago.

Brooklyn's Finest

Clocking in at a bit over two hours, the cop drama Brooklyn’s Finest is never boring, which is not an inconsiderable achievement. But after the climactic carnage has ended, it’s hard to say what the point of it all has been. I realize it’s years too late to be asking that any new movie have a point to it, but the question is appropriate, given the portentousness of its script (explained by the fact that it was the first effort from former New York City transit worker writer Michael C. Martin, written while he was recovering from an injury).

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