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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)

Instead of making bold political statements, 'Drunken Horses' shows how its characters -- and the people they represent -- suffer, yet endure.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Thirteen Days (2000)

There are lots of men in Thirteen Days. Upstanding, committed men, wearing somber suits, short haircuts, and serious looks on their faces. And serious they

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Trippin’ (1999)

Trippin’ opens with an impressively choreographed song and dance number, carefully emulating a Hype Williams rap video. Player’s in his big white house, laying

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Tomcats (2001)

'Tomcats' is a morally reprehensible film about bad people behaving badly.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Tomb Raider (2001)

This spectacular image of androgynous, self-stimulating sexual excess speaks directly to the wonder and threat of Lara Croft, so adept at masculine and feminine wiles, and every wile in between.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Titan A.E. (2000)

At the end of Don Bluth and Gary Goldman’s animated Titan A.E., after the ragtag group of humans have saved themselves and found

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Tigger Movie (2000)

The camera moves gracefully through what is clearly a young boy’s room. It’s not just any young boy’s room, but that of

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Three to Tango (1999)

Movies are such a vital part of our culture. We go to the cinema, we rent videos, and even basic cable provides one or two movies at any given point in every day. So it's getting downright crowded out there in movie land, and therefore harder and harder to come up with something original.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

3 Strikes (2000)

For an unabashedly hyperbolic black gangsta comedy, 3 Strikes includes far too many moments that ring true.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Training Day (2001)

Plausibility is plainly not Training Day's concern. It's more interested in images and ideas than practicalities.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Topsy Turvy (1999)

British director Mike Leigh has turned out a string of critically lauded short and feature length films, as well as a number of television films

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Trade Off (2000)

One year ago, 50,000 citizens took to the streets of Seattle to protest the first meeting of the World Trade Organization to be held in the

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

midst all the hoopla shouting of the probable Oscar proliferation showering upon The Talented Mr. Ripley; the ongoing comparisons (of the original series of novels by Patricia, the French film Purple Noon, and Anthony Minghella's creation); and glowing appreciation for Minghella's assembly of the most fashionable young and beautiful, there lie hidden a few very nasty notions regarding homosexuality.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Tomb Raider (2001)

All this symbolism would be quite impressive, actually, if 'Tomb Raider' ever gave the slightest impression it knew where it was going with it or was eventually planning to use these symbols to say something coherent.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Three Kings (1999)

Puke green bile, dark blood, convulsing pink. tissue. A close-up shot following a bullet's path into and through internal organs is a frankly terrible image. In most war movies, bullets do tend to fly. But you only see their external effects: blood spurts, faces contort, handheld cameras zig and zag, explosions-effects create aestheticized, often slo-mo, chaos. In David O. Russell's Three Kings, however, you see the insides: the bullet rushes forward, stops, lodging in mangled, throbbing flesh while fluids accumulate. It's visceral and immediate. It's surreal and nasty.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Thirt3en Ghosts (2001)

The characters remain oblivious through much of 'Thirt3en Ghosts', and for that, they might count themselves fortunate.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Time Code (1999)

You will not, you can not, see the same Time Code I have seen. All viewers of director and screenwriter Mike Figgis’ latest film will

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)

Consider the view of Kevin Williamson, presently king of all he surveys. As writer-thinker-upper of the first two Screams, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and the WB's hugely popular Dawson's Creek (and even given the failure of this past fall's network-offering, Wasteland), he has spread out before him a vast space of Yes.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Three Seasons (1999)

Vestiges of the West are ever close to the surface in Bui's Saigon.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Tailor of Panama (2001)

'The Tailor of Panama' [is] an international spy movie with a little more on its mind than the usual Bondian gizmos and girls -- yes, please note the cute nod, in Brosnan's casting as a chic and arrogant operative, to his most famous role, and it's not Remington Steele.

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Trembling Before G-d (2001) - PopMatters Film Review
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Handles uncomfortable material with bravery and tender force; it is utterly human and unrelenting in its challenges to assumptions.

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Time and Tide (Seunlau ngaklau) (2000)

Together with co-cinematographers Ko Chiu Lam and Herman Yau, Hark here develops a peculiar hybrid of corny romance, bad fx (the burning building effect is straight-up lame), and seriously dynamic action scenes, all enhanced by fashionably jaggedy editing, timelapse speediness, slow motion, and ridiculous (in the good way) camera angles.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

28 Days (2000)

The pleasure Gwen takes in all this chaos -- not to mention Bullock's signature sunniness -- makes this introductory sequence look like the opening to a broad Farrelly brothers-style comedy.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Tigerland (2000/2001)

'Tigerland' turns that same step of acknowledging a responsibility greater than oneself into a personal defeat, the inevitable breaking of a rebel.

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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

On first hearing this voice-over at the beginning of Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley, you might think you're going to see a film about regret or guilt, or perhaps a refined kind of melancholy. But it's not long before you realize that for the speaker, Tom Ripley, such emotion - any emotion - is a performance.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Tumbleweeds (1999)

In Tumbleweeds, Gavin O'Connor (who, besides starring in and directing the film, also wrote and produced it) presents us with a variation on the road-trip-buddy movie. While it's true that, after the likes of Thelma and Louise and Boys on the Side, the woman's version of this once typically male-only genre is no longer novel, O'Connor attempts to switch things up a bit by making his best friend protagonists mother and daughter.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Third Miracle (1999)

The production notes for The Third Miracle tout it as “a provocative and powerful mystery about a priest who, while investigating the life of a

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Toy Story 2 (1999)

Hey kids, if you haven’t seen Toy Story 2, better hurry so that you can find out what your toys are doing when you’re

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Tic Code (2000)

While it does fall into disease-of-the-week-ish triteness and bumble into a trumped-up climax, The Tic Code also manages to display a refreshingly complex relationship between mother and son.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Titus (1999)

Here’s how the world might end. Close-up of a boy’s eyes. Long shot of a kitchen table, cluttered with hot dogs, paper bags,

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Two Can Play That Game (2001)

If you've seen a movie based on a Terry McMillan novel, or gee, even a recent romantic comedy, you know exactly where 'Two Can Play That Game' is going.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Traffic (2000)

As if a force unto themselves, beyond all legal, social, moral, or even political powers, drugs cross borders, produce wealth, cost lives. Drugs are a system, and they never stop moving.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Town and Country (2001)

In case you're still looking for an effective pro-gun control message, this is it, and from Mr. NRA President himself.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Tao of Steve (2000)

As Dex's juvenile philosophy alone amply demonstrates, where their dicks are involved, guys really aren't that smart.

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3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)

Even the magnetic Ice T -- who has about three minutes on screen as a super-sneery mercenary and who has notoriously bad taste when it comes to picking scripts -- looks like he's made an unusually bad decision with '3000 Miles to Graceland'.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Tilsammans (Together) (2000)

['Together''s peaceniks] have as little use for Marx as they have for Coke (although these vegetarians are not above eating the occasional hot dog).

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Turn It Up (2000)

Brooklyn-born Diamond (third Fugee Pras) is midway through cutting a record, which, the movie wants you to think, is off the proverbial hook.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Titanic Town (1998)

The most important questions are framed as the contradictions facing the characters, not the rights and wrongs of any cause, thanks in part to the filmmaking team's attention to irony and nuance.

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Tre Fratelli serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of cherishing every moment we have on this earth.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Trixie (2000)

The protagonist of every classic thriller is, in some way or another, a Holy Fool. From the Scarlet Pimpernel’s foppish banter to Pete Decker’

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

This Is Spinal Tap (1984/2000)

Sixteen years ago, a young filmmaker named Marti DiBergi set out to capture, in his words, 'the sights, the sounds, and the smells' of a workhorse British rock band named Spinal Tap.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Toy Story 2 (1999)

Near the end of the film The Matrix, Neo (Keanu Reeves) begins to understand his own power. When he realizes that everything he is seeing is a computer program, the payoff shot for this knowledge shows the screen filled with the 1s and 0s which make up the objects and people previously seen. The shot is stunning, and lays bare not only the program within the film's narrative universe, but also the computer work necessary to create the effects in The Matrix.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Scream 3 (2000)

The Scream series has always been about movies. But unlike most movies, the Scream movies have always been smarter than commentaries about it, and in particular, smarter than the commentaries about its commentaries on movies.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Surf School (2006)

It's as though Silverman asked a group of 13-year-olds to describe a 'hippie' and then created the aging flower children based on their answers.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Space Cowboys (2000)

The aging Clint Eastwood may act like a cantankerous old coot, but everyone knows that he’s still the great American Hero, fiercely loyal, exceedingly

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The 6th Day (2000)

Two Arnolds are too much by anyone’s count. I confess that just the thought of seeing Himself act with Hisotherself is enough to make

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Score (2001)

...it's boy-movie-making 101, a very traditional plot point indeed.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Scary Movie (2000)

A pretty high school student, knowing the killer is close to breaking through her bedroom door, calls 911 on her PC. Her eyes wide and her

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Sunshine (1999)

The theme of assimilation as survival strategy has certainly been covered in movies before, from young Jew Salomon Perel joining the Nazi youth in Europa

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979/2001)

Ambitious, strange, and grand. Nice to have you back, Captain (or rather, Admiral) Kirk.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Stunt Man (1980/2001)

No matter how many times one watches ['The Stunt Man', it maintains] a kind of kamikaze bravado.

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Series 7: The Contenders (2001)

Of the many disturbing scenes in Series 7: The Contenders, perhaps the most disturbing concerns a perky blond 18-year-old named Lindsay (Merritt Wever). She’s been

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Swordfish (2001)

What is most distressing about 'Swordfish' is John Travolta. More and more, Travolta is becoming a caricature of himself as action anti/hero.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Supernova (2000)

“Congratulations, Benjamin,” sighs Supernova‘s shipboard computer. “Your strategy was both subtle and forceful. You can play with me whenever you want.” This sure is

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Stuart Little (1999)

First, a confession: I didn’t go see Stuart Little because I was asked to write a review of it. I’m not a parent,

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Save the Last Dance (2001)

From the start, Save the Last Dance looks like just another teen romance film. It has all the familiar ingredients—the pretty couple, a high

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Shanghai Noon (2000)

Given the ongoing fascination with the mythology of the American Cowboy, it is no surprise that Jackie Chan has made a Western, only that he

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Shaft (2000)

It’s Isaac Hayes’s music, of course, that resonates. Whatever else you say about that “complicated man” named John Shaft, that whaa-whaa-whaa theme song

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Songcatcher (2001)

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Saving Grace (2000)

Admittedly, my initial response to Nigel Cole’s Saving Grace was that it is not particularly intellectual. Rather, it is decidedly… cute. Filmmakers, actors, and

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

When the Burgomaster (played by still great Horror film legend Christopher Lee) sends Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) to Sleepy Hollow, you may suspect that Ichabod is being sent to the land of Hammer Horror, or perhaps the woods of Horror Movies Past.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Summer Catch (2001)

As I was watching the aseptically insipid 'Summer Catch', I confess, my mind wandered. And I got to thinking, has Freddie Prinze, Jr. ever made an unarguably good movie?"

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Story of Us (1999)

Here's a terrifying thought: each of the major turning points in your life is reducible to the hairstyle you're wearing at the time. Your graduation, your first job, your marriage, your dead goldfish, your vacation in Italy: all of it is mucked up when filtered through those misty-water-colored memory glasses. If it sounds awful in theory, it's even worse to see it acted out, on a wide screen with lots of close-ups of teary, badly-coifed movie stars backed by a treacly Eric Clapton guitar score.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Spy Kids (2001)

'Spy Kids' is all fun, sometimes obnoxious, and incessantly cheerful -- having your parents kidnapped is a minor inconvenience, leading to the chance to ride in a submarine that looks like a blowfish. How neat is that!"

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Shadow Magic (2001)

To this end, Raymond brings/represents advances not only in technology, but also in romance. He and Liu start making money and inadvertently siphoning off Lord Tan's audience, but this is potential disaster Liu frets because he's actually trying to become financially worthy of marriage to Ling.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)

Snow falling on cedars. The image is a beautiful one and director Scott Hicks and director of photography Robert Richardson certainly work it in their

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Spy Kids (2001)

In the Disney universe, it's normal to be special, and that's exactly the case with the Cortez family, kids and parents alike.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Sugar & Spice (2001)

The latest entry in the hopefully waning trend of cheerleader movies, Sugar & Spice actually has a dark, possibly clever premise, one that might have

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Sweet November (2001)

It's clear in that Hollywood way that Sara's charms are primarily based on the fact that she is glamour girl Charlize Theron in thrift-store drag... stunningly beautiful meets endearingly peculiar.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

See Spot Run (2001)

See Spot Run begins just like Lethal Weapon or any one of its 1001 clones. The camera speeds over a cityscape and an intensive drumbeat fills

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Scary Movie 2 (2001)

Truth be told, it's hard to call out 'Scary Movie 2' for being excessively disgusting and stupid, since that's precisely how the sequel to the most profitable R-rated movie in history is selling itself.

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The Shield Around the K (1999) - PopMatters Film Review
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Late 20th-century pop music was arguably irrevocably changed by the late 1980’s-early 1990’s emergence of the Seattle, Washington grunge/punk explosion. But the town of

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Someone Like You (2001)

Instead, 'Someone Like You' follows formula, which means that Jane will realize her folly and realize that Eddie is really the guy for her (this is telegraphed when the pretty couple shares their feelings and eats Chinese food while seated on the kitchen counter and dressed in their fashionable underwear).

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Serendipity (2001)

'Serendipity' offers absolutely no surprises -- and therefore, no unpleasant ones.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Stir of Echoes (1999)

“You’re not supposed to mesmerize someone who’s been drinking.” So warns Lisa (Illeana Douglas), when her not quite sober brother-in-law Tom Witzky (Kevin

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Snow Day (2000)

It’s been a long time since I saw a first-run movie with no one else in the theater. As a matter of fact, I

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Son’s Room (2001)

The rest of 'The Son's Room' concerns the survivors' efforts to live with their guilt, rage, sorrow, and, perhaps especially, with each other.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Shiri (1999)

Conveys a recognizable, even sympathetic face upon the communist North, and speaks to the various divisions that have long troubled Korea.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Saving Silverman (2001)

I’d say it’s official: Amanda Peet is the reigning go-to-girl for neo-romantic comedies involving nasty jokes about death, sex, and what might be

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Sidewalks of New York (2001)

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Summer of Sam (1999)

It was a hot time in the city. The days sweltered and the nights vibrated with the latest craze, disco. In the Bronx in 1977, the Yankees were headed for a pennant, a Con Ed blackout inspired looting, assaulting, and arresting, and the .44 killer was shooting young dark-haired women and their dates as they necked in their parked cars.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Shower (1999)

I have never considered the relevance of a theatre’s architecture to a film’s plot until I experienced Shower, Chinese director Zhang Yang’s

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Shipping News (2001)

Quoyle is yet another of Kevin Spacey's damaged souls, but a nice one.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Sexy Beast (2001)

Granted, psycho villains per se are not news. But that's sort of the point with Don -- perversely, he's hyper-aware of his ordinariness, his conformity to expectations of the people around him who submit and look away when he's in the room, like you're told to do when a mad dog approaches.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Skulls (2000)

There is creative genius behind The Skulls. Someone, somehow, managed to pull together a pretty intriguing trailer for this thriller.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Snatch (2001)

Snatch is all about attitude and style. And guys, lots of guys. Aggressive and jumpy, packed with brutish hooligans and feckless crooks, it’s a

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Scream 3 (2000)

The Scream series has always been about movies. But unlike most movies, the Scream movies have always been smarter than commentaries about it, and in particular, smarter than the commentaries about its commentaries on movies.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Storytelling (2001)

In 'Storytelling', when Vi exclaims that her story 'really happened,' her professor observes, 'Once you start writing, it all becomes fiction.'"

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Say It Isn’t So (2001)

The most annoying aspects of 'Say It Isn't So' have to do with its uneven tone, part ironic, wise-cracking condescension and part clueless, mean-spirited condescension.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Shrek (2001)

hy would anyone want to play a talking donkey? We might suppose that doing voices for an animated movie is less stressful than acting in live-action pictures, that actors are well-compensated, or that doing a movie 'kids can see' is appealing to many movie stars.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Swordfish (2001)

Intrigue, deception, display, betrayal. All this is what it is, typical action flick sex-play, foreplay for the big explosion or something equally prosaic.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Something Wild (1986/2001)

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Shrek (2001)

No longer are epic adventures the province of fair maidens and proud knights. According to 'Shrek', everyone is deserving of fair treatment and true love. Even a dragon and a talking donkey.

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The St. Francisville Experiment (2000)

'The St. Francisville Experiment' is 'Blair Witch' meets 'The Haunting' (the terrible 1999 remake) meets 'Survivor' meets bad porno.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Startup.com (2001)

The office is burglarized and specific hard drives are missing -- sabotage or coincidence? Is it possible to be paranoid in a business where the stakes are so high and the egos so large?"

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Space Cowboys (2000)

Clint Eastwood, I guess, will always see himself as the ultimate icon of masculinity for his generation. The young Eastwood saved the Western film genre

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Show Me Love (1999)

Teen romances are a dime a dozen in the U.S. They tend to focus on themes like alienation, individuality, and rebellion against parents, society,

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

State Property (2002)

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Someone Like You (2001)

'Someone Like You''s press kit describes Eddie and Jane as a 'Hepburn and Tracy of the modern era', but its undercurrent of painful loss and compulsive grief avoidance is precisely missing from movies like 'Desk Set' and 'Adam's Rib'.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Solomon & Gaenor (1999)

As much as it's being touted as a Welsh Romeo and Juliet, Solomon & Gaenor never quite reaches the level of urgency.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Unearthing the 'Charnel House'

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"This week we discuss Owl Creek Games's follow up to Sepulchre, the triptych of tales called The Charnel House Trilogy.

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