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19 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Tying the Knot

Tying the Knot makes a passionate plea for same-sex marriage rights.

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Undeclared: The Complete Series

As Judd Apatow points out, 22 minutes is a challenging timeframe for developing characters, making jokes, and advancing the plot.

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17 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Wishing Stairs (2003)

This is a gorgeous piece of work with superior production values, a mystical, haunting score, and superb young actors.

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16 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Sin City (2005)

Like the guys, the girls are undone by their reliance on conventional male power signs.

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The Chorus (Les Choristes) (2004)

Christophe Barratier's Les Choristes demonstrates that French directors can challenge America's best in the saccharine stakes.

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15 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Bottom of the Sea (El Fondo del Mar) (2003)

The Bottom of the Sea is a thriller, but not for the usual reasons.

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12 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Father of the Pride: The Complete Series

Beyond the Roy factor, the likely reason for Father of the Pride's failure is that it's just a really odd show.

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Power Rangers: SPD - Joining Forces: Volume 1 (2004)

While CG was sweeping American cineplexes, other parts of the world still worshipped at the shrine of pen and ink.

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The Secret Garden (1975)

This Secret Garden is so faithful to the novel that it plays as a live-action picture book.

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11 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Lost in Space: Season 3, Vol. 2

These momentary failures of grammar betray a befuddlement at birth and death, that story of origin and destination without which humanness has little meaning.

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The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Second Season

While Barney's marginality reinforces Andy's norm by contrast, their coupledom is consistent.

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Alexander: Director’s Cut (2004)

Oliver Stone calls his Alexander 'a new genre, a masculine-feminine action figure,' more like Monty Clift and James Dean than Russell Crowe.

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9 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

When Landlady works in tandem with her husband, they form a stunning and loving pair of fighters, old school and raucous at the same time.

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9 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Fruit of Paradise (1970)

Chytilová starts by asking an interesting question: isn't it rational to eat from the tree of knowledge?"

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Sacred Planet (2004) - PopMatters Film Review
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This gorgeous IMAX film turns very different groups of people into a noble primitive mass.

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The Naked Truth / Never Let Go (1958/1960)

Peter Sellers creates a calm-before-the-storm tension between this persona and later violent outbursts.

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World Tour Poker: Bad Boys of Poker

It's hard not to see this behavior as showing off, even when hearing Phil Laak reflect on it during his commentary.

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Burden of Dreams: Criterion Collection (1982)

Complex, ambitious, inspired, Herzog here talks his way through the making of his movie with a remarkable self-consciousness.

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2 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Unreal (2004)

Kudos to the cast, who capture the barely concealed irony of most reality shows: people appear as their 'unscripted' selves, but they are acting.

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2 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Guess Who (2005)

In this comedic refraction of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, by way of Meet the Parents and basic black-white buddydom, Ashton Kutcher's partner is Bernie Mac.

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