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23 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

Laura (1944)

Waldo is so deliciously dark and mean-spirited, so loquaciously intolerant of those he deems beneath him, that he's delightful.

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23 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

Koma (2004)

The film twists viewers in three directions before they have time to come down from the first.

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I Heart Huckabees: 2-Disc Special Edition (2004)

The Special Edition is loaded with so much self-referential material and 'oh so clever' concepts that they threaten to make the movie into its own cult object.

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23 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

I Am a Promise (1993)

Lacking the bias that makes Michael Moore's movies so popular, the Raymonds' film is more satisfying.

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Footloose: Special Collector’s Edition (1984)

The dancing might be dated, but the film is not.

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23 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

Finding Neverland (2004)

'Play' is a means to define childhood, to prolong mythic innocence, to grant nobility.

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23 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

Alfie (2004)

Jude Law's performance is wholly charming and energetic.

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7 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

SCTV: Volume 3

SCTV: Volume 3 finds the show in the midst of its gonzo stride.

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Paul Robeson - James Earl Jones One Man Show

We learn that racial discrimination drove Robeson into his performance career, which he thought of as a form of resistance.

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7 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Mystery of Charles Dickens

Veteran actor Simon Callow gives life to Ackroyd's demanding script, which weaves historical and personal anecdotes in and out of dramatizations from Dickens' oeuvre.

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My Own Private Idaho: Criterion Collection (1991)

Mike and Scott live a strangely lyrical credence. Simultaneously inviting and resisting interpretation, they move on.

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7 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

Ladder 49 (2004)

As he watches his firefighters guys bond and scuffle, director Jay Russell explains that he began the project with some qualms because of 'all the emotion involved with 9/11.'"

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Lightning in a Bottle (2004)

For director Antoine Fuqua, it was clear that the right place to start a concert imagining the history of the blues would start with a song from Africa.

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7 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Incredibles (2004)

Its snark makes The Incredibles one of those cartoons that mainstream, self-knowing adults might appreciate along with their kids.

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7 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

There's something about the loch, its deep dark water mystery and nightmarish symbolism, keeps us engaged.

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The Boy Who Wanted to be a Bear: Collector’s Series Edition (2002)

The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear speaks to human ignorance of the animal world.

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6 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Low: In Europe [DVD]

Sebastian Schrade’s Low in Europe follows the Duluth, Minnesota trio Low on tour in Germany and England in late 2002 into 2003. The film is maybe

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4 Mar 2005 // 12:00 AM

Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)

Downfall's preoccupation with a flesh-and-blood Hitler is central to its meditation on fanaticism.

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Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation: Caught in the Act!

The animators here have, with a few exceptions, yet to outgrow a fascination with the satirical possibilities of putting wholesome cartoon characters through their R- and X-rated paces.

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The Greatest American Hero: Season One

Television producer/thriller novelist Stephen J. Cannell is like the Bob Dylan of TV.

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