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  • A.O. Scott, who predicts that Gregg Araki "may turn out to be the American Almodóvar", calls Mysterious Skin "one of the best movies I've seen so far this year."
  • Meanwhile, Mr. Scott breaks from the critical pack on Paul Haggis' Crash: "As he demonstrated to galvanizing effect in the Million Dollar Baby script, Mr. Haggis is not unduly concerned with subtlety."
  • And, once more, Tony, with feeling: in House of Wax, Paris Hilton "seems, in this movie at least, to be a pretty good sport, if not exactly a good actress. It would be a little too scary if she were."
  • Jiminy Glick in Lalawood is an "intermittently funny free-for-all".
  • Stephen Holden reviews the latest Danish Dogme trickle, Suzanne Bier's Brothers, in terms of the theory of R.D. Laing. "Only at the very end does the movie, which is determined not to be a closed Laingian system, seem a bit tentative."
  • The latest film to try to figure out what to do with Meat Loaf, "A Hole in One leaves viewers with little more than the vague conviction - which I think I already had going in - that falling in love is better than an ice pick to the brain."