Wicker Man, The (2006, USA/GER) C-102m. SCOPE ** D: Neil LaBute. Starring Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Beahan, Frances Conroy, Molly Parker, Leelee Sobieski, Diane Delano, Aaron Eckhart, James Franco. Not-bad remake of the British cult classic about policeman Cage, who is asked by former lover Beahan to investigate disappearance of her child in a remote island community. His welcome there is not a warm one. Can't hold a candle to the original, but as a mystery this is still quite engrossing, with a good performance by Cage and a fine score by Angelo Badalamenti.

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