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Opening Films 

by Inlander Staff

Head in the Clouds -- Pretty pathos but not so pathetic: a World War II romantic epic, purposefully silly, about a romantic triangle between friends Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend (her real-life beau, looking good in a chapeau) and Penelope Cruz. If you like old-fashioned historical costumers, this one's for you. (RP) Rated: R

Libby, Montana -- Up until now, Missoula-based filmmakers Drury Gunn Carr and Doug Hawes-Davis have focused their efforts on small subjects (coyotes) and amusing folks (those who camp in Wal-Mart parking lots). But with their latest, Libby, Montana, the sense of scale has been redefined. It's not solely the film's length (two and a half hours) that gives it its gravitas, it's the film's depth and pace, the hundred hours of tape collected, the fantastic archival footage and the labor-of-love quality that primary director and editor Carr instills in the work. Even viewers unfamiliar with Libby's asbestos nightmare and the W.R. Grace company's corporate cover-up will find themselves empathizing with the townspeople - activist Gayla Benefield, EPA coordinator Paul Peronard and widow Alice Priest. (Jed Gottlieb) Not Rated. Showing at the Met Cinema on Nov. 1-3 at 3 pm, 5:30 pm and 8 pm)

Lost Skeleton of Cadavras -- Just in time for Halloween, the Garland offers a rare midnight movie treat. Lost Skeleton of Cadavras came out this year but mysteriously circumvented Spokane when it was first released. Spoofing all those deliciously dreadful B-movies, this one is an intentionally campy homage to the form. Rated: PG. Playing at the Garland Friday and Saturday night at midnight.

Ray -- Jamie Foxx delivers an astoundingly rich performance as musical legend Ray Charles. As one would expect, the music is great and the cast (especially Kerry Washington, Sharon Warren and Regina King) is exceptional. But in the end, this is Foxx's film, and he makes the most of it. Far from an impersonation, his performance is a respectful and accurate tribute to the man, suffused with passion, love, and pain. (Chuck Koplinski) Rated: PG-13

Saw -- Recommended, but only with the strenuous caveat that Saw, even as a coming attractions trailer, may be one of the most disturbing movies I've ever seen. Put up against Se7en, its inventive mind warps go up to about 16.7. (RP) Rated: R

Publication date: 10/28/04

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