“The most powerful moments are so realistic that they’re almost excruciating. A good half dozen sequences are so intensely acted and so deeply involving that audiences will forget they’re watching a movie until the scene ends and exhaling can recommence. Yet [the director] knows how to increase the overall effect by interlacing quieter, more tender scenes as well.” I’m definitely intrigued by this excerpt from Peter Brunette’s review of Crash, the Paul Haggis-directed drama due from Lions Gate in early ’05. “One specific scene, involving [Thandie] Newton and [Matt] Dillon at the scene of an accident, is simply unforgettable,” Brunete continues. “Music also works some major magic here, with Mark Isham’s wonderfully eerie score often playing in disturbing counterpoint against what we’re seeing on the screen.”