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Ask The Critic

Help! I live in a place where one 24-plex is the only game in town. We have to travel to Dallas or New Orleans to see virtually any independent film. Any suggestions? -- Paul Christie,

Shreveport, La. I feel your pain, along with the pain of every passionate moviegoer who is not being served. In the suburbs over Thanksgiving, I confronted the following at the local plex: The Cat in the Hat on five screens, The Missing on three, and there, on one screen, a token ''smaller'' film -- in this case, the not-very-small Love Actually. The brutal truth is that while the occasional celebrated indie, such as Bend It Like Beckham or Lost in Translation, ends up at a theater near you, these blockbuster palaces were designed to showcase light and noise and commerce, and that's mostly what plays there. In lieu of a solution (since, frankly, I don't have one), I'm inspired to invite readers to answer the following question: Which movie did you most want to see this year that never arrived? (I'll share the results in an upcoming Ask the Critic.)


Originally posted Dec 19, 2003 Published in issue #742 Dec 19, 2003 Order article reprints