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'Mystic River'
(Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn / R / 137 mins / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Three childhood friends, Sean (Kevin Bacon), Dave (Tim Robbins), and Jimmy (Sean Penn), are reunited after 25 years by a police investigation into the murder of Jimmy's oldest daughter. Sean and his partner (Laurence Fishburne) are assigned to the case and discover that Dave, through a series of circumstances and secrets from his past, may be connected. Meanwhile, ex-con Jimmy wants to take the law into his own hands.

Verdict: Something must be said about the richness of 'Mystic River', which is at once a gripping psychological study, an astute piece of ethnography, and a bleak and ironic tragedy. It is the rare American movie that aspires to and achieves the full weight and darkness of tragedy. In fact, 'Mystic River' (directed by Clint Eastwood) could well be the most soulful, and most organic, movie of the year so far - for many a year even! This is a very powerful tale of crime, guilt, and punishment at its finest.