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Josie and the Pussycats (2001)

As demonstrated by artists as different from one another as Eminem, Blink-182, and Andy Dick, there are many jokes to be made at the expense of the current crop of pop stars.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Joe Gould’s Secret (2000)

Joe Gould (Ian Holm) is what they used to call a 'character.' You see him early in Stanley Tucci's film, scuttling into a diner where New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell (Tucci) is having coffee.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Joe Dirt (2001)

Are 'rednecks' funny? America seems to think so.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Jurassic Park III (2001)

Digital dinosaurs in digital stereo.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Jesus’ Son (2000)

The elegance of Maclean's film, however, lies i

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Judy Berlin (2000)

In the movies, suburbia is usually plastic and colorful, familiar and pockmarked by Pier Ones, Burger Kings, and Walmarts, as well as American Beauty roses.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

Here's the short version of this review: 'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back' is a very funny movie.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Iron Ladies (Sa Tree Lex) (2001)

The movie serves up the surface layer of gay style, with none of the substance.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

In the Mood for Love (2000)

A swoony, adult film of unexpected restraint, 'In the Mood for Love' shines with radiant color schemes and two devastating central performances, by Maggie Cheung ('Irma Vep') and Tony Leung ('Chungking Express', 'Happy Together').

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Iron Monkey (1993/2001)

Fighters in 'Iron Monkey' don't float or glide toward each other. They rocket, bounce and whip.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Intimacy (2001)

Wordless sex suddenly seems more appealing than the nasty arguments that repeatedly erupt. "

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

In Too Deep (1999)

It’s for real: LL Cool J is a movie star. When he makes his entrance in Michael Rymer’s retread undercover cop movie, the

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Idiots (1998)

The Idiots is Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier’s 1998 exploration of normality as a social system, the constraints it places on individuals to behave in

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

I Am Sam (2001)

'I Am Sam' will not let these characters be: they must run the gamut of movie-of-the-week emotions... A to B.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Innocence (1999)

'Innocence' offers a brave take on love, fidelity, and sexuality that often flies in the face of traditional, age-defined preconceptions of all.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Insider (1999)

Michael Mann's film The Insider is about blowing the lid of conspiracy off the tobacco industry. Although the film is ostensibly about one corporate produced addictive narcotic, that is nicotine, it is really about two, the other one being capital.

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Italian for Beginners (2001)

Where 'Italian for Beginners' differs from other Dogme 95 fare is that its end isn't totally catastrophic. This isn't to say it has a happy ending, just that it doesn't end with the usual emotional wasteland littered by human wreckage.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Iris (2001)

PULL.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

Don’t Europeans ever get tired of swooping down to Africa to exploit its peoples and natural resources? Apparently not. I Dreamed of Africa is

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The In-Crowd (2000)

The In Crowd's script, by Mark Gibson and Phil Halprin, is extremely predictable (to the point that Warners' request that reviewers not give away the 'film's ending' is a joke in itself).

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I’m the One That I Want (2000)

In the film's most heart-wrenching moment, Cho describes how she lost all sense of her own identity in being so transformed into a commodity for public consumption.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

In the Bedroom (2001)

The movie does not back down from the pain or rage it sets up.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Hurricane (1999)

Hurricane. One word, one name, one man. One man whom I - and probably most of my generation - had never heard prior to seeing The Hurricane. His name is remembered, however, by members of his generation, most notably, celebrities.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

...reminds us that rock per se has a long history of celebrating alienation and ambiguity.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Hannibal (2001)

As his immense popularity suggests, there is something about Lecter that appeals to 'us', there appears to be some level on which 'we' all wish we could be a little more like him, which is precisely what the filmmakers are banking on. And this is, in the end, the scariest thing about 'Hannibal' -- its perverse worship of the cannibalistic Doctor.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch's insight into the fluidity of gender is made all the more powerful by Hedwig's own attempts to puzzle through these conundrums. The film doesn't moralize, or try to give set answers.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The House of Mirth (2000)

Lily's detractors can use her slightest slip-ups -- for instance, smoking a cigarette or gambling at cards -- as weapons against her -- in her set, women's smoking is considered improper and even a sign of promiscuity.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Hardball (2001)

The fact that Hardball's Conor is white means nothing, of course, except that he's one in a long line of white characters who become 'better people' because they meet adorable, courageous, noble, and/or doomed minority characters.

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Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (1922/2001) - PopMatters Film Review
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Haxan is a documentary grounded in extensive research about the history of witches in Western culture.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Here on Earth (2000)

Kelley Morse (Chris Klein) is a familiar movie character, a prep school boy who has too much money and not enough attention from his father.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Himalaya (2001)

The Himalayas themselves are the majestic 'stars' of this film.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Head Over Heels (2001)

Beware films packing the one-two punch of Freddie Prinze, Jr. as romantic lead and supermodels as objects of toilet humor.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Human Traffic (1999)

What ensues probably won't tell you anything you don't already know: ecstasy makes you chatty, affectionate, and thirsty, dance music is infectious, and young people, like adults, but by different means -- fight boredom with emotional rollercoastering and philosophizing into the wee hours.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Happy Accidents (2000)

'Happy Accidents' is either a sci-fi love story, or a love story in which one of the lovers is crazy.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Hollow Man (2000)

When he and the team are unable to reverse the effect and he's stuck in a transparent state indefinitely, Sebastian becomes not just mean, but insane.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Heartbreakers (2001)

Longtime 'Simpsons' writer and executive producer David Mirkin's predilection for wickedly witty cartoonishness is only slightly tempered in his live-action movies.

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Highlander: Endgame (2000)

The Highlander series has these problems and more, being first a film franchise that started well and then went suddenly sickeningly wrong, then a syndicated TV show, and now again a film property.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Hamlet (2000)

Hamlet often speaks in a voice-over or directly to the video camera that he is rarely without. Sometimes we see the results of these 'video diaries' as he rewatches them on his monitor -- his own Real World confessional.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Hanging Up (2000)

A few nights after seeing Hanging Up, unable to sleep and channel-surfing, I came upon an Oprah episode, one of those repeats that air 2 or 3

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Hatari (1962/2001)

['Hatari'] reminds us as well that, as David Thomson observes, Hawks is 'the greatest optimist the cinema has produced.' He delineates a world in which men and women, humans and animals, co-exist and achieve an enviable degree of harmony and serenity.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

The nostalgia infusing 'Hearts in Atlantis' often makes the film infuriating, as well as just plain dopey.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Hurricane (1999)

There's a moment partway through The Hurricane that may cause you to catch your breath. It's a cramped shot, as are most of those showing Ruben Hurricane Carter (Denzel Washington) in his New Jersey State Prison cell.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Early in Ron Howard’s much anticipated live-action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, while all of Who-ville is a-bustle with holiday shopping fever,

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Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks (2000)

Gordon Parks' hollering is, of course, far from the usual. Elegant and intelligent, poignant and political, Parks' art encompasses a remarkable range of subjects and forms.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Holy Smoke (1999)

In Holy Smoke, Australian writer-director Jane Campion returns to a familiar theme. Once again, she’s looking at a strong-willed, unconventional woman who is at

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A Hard Day’s Night (1964/2000)

A smooth amalgamation of Richard Lester's intricate direction, Alun Owen's hysterical screenplay, and the natural charms of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, 'A Hard Day's Night' is a film perfectly of its time and perfectly timeless.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)

Contrary to its titular promise of speed speed speed, this latest Jerry Bruckheimer actioner takes pretty much forever to get to its wholly predictable and

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Ghost World (2001)

'Ghost World' is smart, sensitive, and insightful about the lunacy that constitutes adolescence, and never forgets how real and how complicated kids' feelings are.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Gossip (2000)

As metaphor, the film's extreme look, its architecture, camera angles, weather -- externalizes the characters' extreme emotional (and occasionally mental) states.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Green Mile (1999)

ound dogs baying, wildflowers bending to the wind, angry white men in shirt-sleeves carrying shotguns, a swatch of cloth clinging to a tree branch. The details are all a little too familiar. You know you're looking at yet another recreation of the scary Old American South, specifically, you're looking at the set up for a lynching. This first scene of Frank Darabont's The Green Mile...

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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (2000)

Jim Jarmusch’s new feature, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, is much like other Jim Jarmusch films: the pace is slightly slow, the

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Gladiator (2000)

They don’t make movies like they used to. But then again, why would they? Gladiator claims to be a return to the days of

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Glitter (2001)

The film's depiction of an ecstatic New York City might be its only strength.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Golden Bowl (2000)

Adam (Nick Nolte) is introduced on screen with the title, 'America's First Billionaire' (this is the level of overstatement to which the film resorts repeatedly, not trusting its audience to follow even the simplest plot points).

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Gimme Shelter (1970/2000)

Sixties rock and roll festivals -- given their large crowds of people, lack of sanitary facilities, bad drugs, and shortages of food and water -- were catastrophes waiting to happen. People get angry when they're uncomfortable or feel ripped off.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Get Real (1999)

Based on Patrick Wilde’s play, What’s Wrong With Angry?, and directed by Simon Shore, this 1998 high school movie tenders the usual mix of

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Groove (2000)

Strong devotees of any “subculture” (for lack of a better word) are usually involved for a reason. The scene might appeal to them in spiritually

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Goya in Bordeaux (2000)

While 'Goya in Bordeaux' should be applauded for breaking from the stale conventions of narrative and image in cinematic biography, it does so in a manner that garbles meaning and smacks of 'art for art's sake.'"

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The General’s Daughter (1999)

The title character in The General's Daughter is dead. The image gets your attention. It's grotesque and horrifying. And it's recalled several times in the film, verbally and visually, to impress on you the threat that it supposedly poses for military, moral, sexual, and aesthetic orders.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Genghis Blues (2000)

Paul Pena is unlike anyone you’ve ever known. The son of West African immigrants, he’s living in San Francisco, a blind and brilliant

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

What is it that makes girls in trouble so interesting? Think about all the novels, memoirs, biographies, songs, movies of the week, TV shows, and

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Galaxy Quest (1999)

In the guise of a spoof of Star Trek, Dean Parisot's cheesy and pleasurable Galaxy Quest delves deeply into the social relation known as fandom. What, the film seems to ask, is a fan?"

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Ghosts of Mars (2001)

In 'Ghosts of Mars', Desolation is a perfect candidate to ensure the human-humans' survival: not only is he the resilient and brilliant Ice Cube, but he is also the consummate delinquent champion.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Ginger Snaps (2001)

Ginger Snaps incorporates two classic B-movie plots: the “I was a teenage werewolf” story and the Heathers-style, high school revenge fantasy. A blackly funny bloodbath,

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Galaxy Quest (1999)

Robert Zemeckis's Contact (1997) is without a doubt the finest movie in recent memory to deal with the question of what might be happening to all those rays of media dreck - TV shows, radio programs, and the like - we've been beaming higgledy-piggledy through the cosmos for the last century. Galaxy Quest is almost as certainly the second-finest such recent film, but come to think of it, I can't really recall a third, offhand, so I suppose this might constitute a less-than-ringing endorsement.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Girl on the Bridge (1999)

This is a playful film that does not ask the viewer for sustained reflection, but rather, to take delight in the images on the screen. Hey, I've always been a sucker for those Robert Doisneau pictures.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Green Mile (1999)

It's not news to anyone that Steven King screen adaptations get tossed into two categories: absolute crap (Maximum Overdrive, Cujo, Pet Cemetery, et. al.) and important American cinema (Stanley Kubrick's The Shining and Frank Darabont's previous King adaptation, The Shawshank Redemption).

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Gosford Park (2001)

It is clear about what it is, a study of affect that is also affected.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Sam Raimi's new scary movie isn't nearly scary enough.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Glass House (2001)

'The Glass House' can't manage its own metaphors, and ends up tripping all over itself in order to give them a coherent context.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Girlfight (2000)

Karyn Kusama's debut feature takes you along this road with Diana slowly and carefully, showing you her body, her character, her hope, her possibility -- as she builds it, with bruises and setbacks along the way.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Godzilla 2000 (2000)

For all of Godzilla 2000's noisy, confused symbolism, its central message is as clear and simple as it was when the series first got underway: what's inside can kill.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

From Hell (2001)

The real subject is the street, or rather, the street as a cultural concept, simultaneously brutal and beautiful.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Felicia’s Journey (1999)

“Don’t let it go too far,” the Felicia of this film’s title is advised, as she searches for the father of her unborn

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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

The invasion is not from without, per se, but from, and, as Ripley noted so insightfully in 'Alien 3', 'It's a metaphor.' And when 'Final Fantasy' pauses to engage this question, most notably in Aki's dreams, it's onto something.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Felicia’s Journey (1999)

The Canadian-based filmmaker Atom Egoyan has taken a different approach to the serial killer in his new film, Felicia's Journey. There's not much here that you would call sensational, no decapitated corpses, no flayed flesh, no nymphets taking ominous phone calls. Rather, the movie follows two characters, neither particularly introspective or self-aware, and both feeling nostalgia for what never was.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Fantasia 2000 (2000) - PopMatters  Film Review
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With IMAX, the medium is at least half the message, as watching the “Welcome to the IMAX Experience” montage at the beginning of each IMAX

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Final Destination (2000)

Everything about Final Destination probably looks demented, if not downright silly. If you've seen the trailers playing for a couple of weeks now on youth-oriented TV, you will have seen the lame plot (a kid keeps his friends off a plane flight doomed to explode), ooky wind and thunder effects, the sweaty-faced and way too pale teens, and most effectively, Tony Todd's ominous rasp, 'You can't cheat death!'"

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Frequency (2000)

Given Frequency's premise -- a son talks to his father who's been dead for 30 years via the old family HAM radio -- I didn't have much hope that the film would be good.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

15 Minutes (2001)

Every woman in '15 Minutes' is a function of the film's overriding theme, that tabloid culture is all about getting a rise out of otherwise cynical cops and villains, reporters and viewers.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

From Hell (2001)

'From Hell' is the story of a disturbed man on the trail of a madman -- an exploration of the minds of killer and the man sent to stop him.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Faithless (Trolosa) (2000)

For all the havoc the adults wreak on one another, the film's most harrowing moments concern the child. "

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Forsaken (2001)

It's hardly a new idea to call vampirism a virus. Nor is it original to portray it as a spiritual scourge, a youthful disorder, or even a politically charged plague.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Filth and the Fury (2000)

If director Julien Temple had chosen to explore the implications of his opening sequence, he might well have produced a film about punk as a movement instead of a rockumentary about a particular band.

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The Filth and the Fury (2000)

Directed by Julien Temple, who also helmed McLaren's original myth-making film project, 'The Filth' frames the tragicomedy of the Pistols with a keen sense of its cultural and historical context.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Fever (2001)

Who knew, dude? Alex Winter (Bill, of the original dumb and dumber duo, Bill & Ted) is actually an intelligent and promising writer/director. In

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Flawless (1999)

These are the first of many derogatory adjectives that come to my mind when trying to describe writer-director Joel Schumacher's new film, Flawless, which stars Robert DeNiro and Philip Seymour Hoffman (the latter being one of my favorite character actors, who has, sadly, two recent misses with Flawless and The Talented Mr. Ripley).

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Five Senses (1999)

It's about the ways that your senses are deluded and depressed by daily emotional beat-downs, the kinds of events that are so routine, they hardly register, except by their long-term effects.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Fat Girl (2001)

The sex in 'Fat Girl' is an all-consuming, character-defining process of sorting through emotions and attitudes that convincingly perplexes these girls.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Family Man (2000)

‘Tis the season for those feel-good holiday movies. You know, the ones where Fate arrives in one form or another to teach us a lesson.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Fantasticks (2000)

The release of a new movie musical is almost as rare as an appearance of Hailey’s Comet. The genre would be extinct, were it

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The Fast and the Furious (2001)

But the movie isn't really about breaking laws, being punished, lamenting Ja Rule's teeny part, or even learning how to be a man. It's really about cars. If that sounds like a metaphor, well, okay.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Forsaken (2001)

What makes a vampire movie sexy? For most people I have talked with, it is the subtle sexuality in the biting of the neck, the mysterious nature of the vampire, and the danger he or she represents.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Freddy Got Fingered (2001)

'Freddy Got Fingered' lowers the bar, and not just a little bit, for what has been popularly passing as 'comedy' in recent days.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Finding Forrester (2000)

Just when did Gus Van Sant get religion? The once adventurous and near-miracle-working director (he convinced William S. Burroughs to appear in Drugstore Cowboy and

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

East Is East (1999)

As East is East has it, family is the cause of, and solution to, the various problems facing the Khan children.

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Everybody’s Famous! (2001)

...offers a cautionary tale for those for whom the distinction between life and live television has lost focus.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

An Everlasting Piece (2000)

Just in case there is an audience member who hasn't seen the news since, like, 1970, the film uses this conversation and some supposedly comic comparisons between the Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods to illustrate Colm's inferior position in society (and by extension, the position of Belfast's Catholics generally).

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Eureka (2001)

Harshly beautiful, 'Eureka' is also contrary and strange: intertwining subjects as sensational as serial killing and as mundane as life on the road in a Winnebago, it never quite takes you where you think it will. "

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Exit Wounds (2001)

The first scene in 'Exit Wounds' shows Boyd (Steven Seagal) arriving to a speech on handgun control given by the Vice President. He arrives late to the speech, cueing the audience -- and his superiors -- to his renegade spirit.

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