Holiday Movie Preview: 25th Hour

STARRING: Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper DIRECTED BY: Spike Lee

Halfway through his long day's journey into night, and day again, Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) launches into a rant against New York: "F___ you and this city and everyone in it!" He spreads his venom ecumenically--to the Pakistani cab drivers and the black schoolyard studs and the Soprano wannabes in Bensonhurst, and to the Irish-American boyos of whom Monty is one. It's a swell swill of gutter poetry--written by novelist-screenwriter David Benioff and vigorously illustrated in a tabloid-surrealist style by director Spike Lee--that touches on everything New Yorkers, and Americans, love to hate about the big city.

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