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1 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Hitch (2005)

Hitch's combination of expertise and endearing clumsiness makes use of a few too many clichés.

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The Prophecy: Uprising (2005)

This may well be the first film where the Prince of Darkness is merciful, tolerant, and even politically centered.

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Crazed Fruit: Criterion Collection (1956)

Natsuhisa poses as something of a mentor to Haruji, but also reveals a low-grade competitiveness that will soon spiral into full-blown resentment and malice.

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28 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Blur: Starshaped [DVD]

Nostalgia for the '90s rears its ugly neon head? Say it ain't so Damon.

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28 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Sunset Story (2003)

What begins as a remarkable story of two old soldiers in the war on apathy turns into a solemn look at the ravages and revenge of age.

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28 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Pacifier (2004)

To convince Brad Garrett to wear a wrestling singlet, director Adam Shankman reminded him that 'Dignity is trumped by funny.'"

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27 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Hellraiser: Deader (2005)

It's hard to dislike Hellraiser: Deader, despite the fact that in many ways it's a disappointing film.

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24 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Dirty Filthy Love (2004)

We are introduced to Mark as he's lying in bed unable to move, from his room, also his sanctuary from the uncontrollable world around him.

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23 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Wool Cap (2004)

Though Gigot harbors no real affinity for the tenants, he can't tell them when he's annoyed or out of sorts due to his being mute.

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	Bob James: Live at Montreux [DVD]

DVD release of a 1985 concert by the pianist and his crack band of proto-smooth jazz fusioneers.

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Cursed: Unrated Version (2004)

'I guess there's no such thing as safe sex with a werewolf,' whines one victim.

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	Sting: Bring on the Night [DVD]

The 1985 documentary in which Der Schtingle forms his first post-Police band and demonstrates for the first time that he will soon become a hopelessly pretentious British pretty boy.

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21 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Lifeguard (1976)

A year-round California lifeguard, Rick Carlson (pre-gray Sam Elliott) has resisted the pull of others' expectations longer than most of us do.

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21 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Hostage (2005)

More disturbingly, Hostage is about the failure of certainty.

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20 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Coach Carter (2004)

While the outcome is obvious (generic rules apply), Jackson is sharp and relatively restrained.

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License to Drive: Special Edition (1988)

So it's not Casablanca, but License to Drive does have its moments.

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17 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Crush (1992)

Crush conveys horror in a setting where eruptions of Otherness are barely contained, if also erratically effective.

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The Olive Thomas Collection (2005 - PopMatters Film Review

Long before OJ, James Dean, and William Desmond Taylor, the mysterious death of 25-year-old film star Olive Thomas caused a scandal in 1920.

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15 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Lou Reed: Spanish Fly: Live in Spain [DVD]

While his music is brimming with life and action, his stage presence has always left something to be desired.

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Heaven Can Wait: Criterion Collection (1943)

The newly dead Henry Van Cleave (Don Ameche) wants to be judged.

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