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26 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Alien vs. Predator (2004)

The monsters are functions of the franchise, but also vaguely resistant, less transparent than they seem.

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17 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

ABC News Presents: The Search for Paul

It's intellectual vanilla pudding; pleasant enough while it's going down but nothing you'd ever crave.

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This So-Called Disaster (2004)

This So-Called Disaster is more impressionistic than comprehensive.

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17 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Species III (2004)

Following the law of diminishing returns, the straight-to-video Species III is the least effective entry in the trilogy.

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17 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Paparazzi (2004)

Bo stalks the paparazzi with an obsessiveness that trumps their stalking of him -- but it's okay, because he's defending his family.

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The Girl From Paris (2001)

The Girl From Paris details the ways that farming is lonely and difficult.

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17 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

First Daughter (2004)

This is the film's premise, that Sam's existence is simultaneously ideal and outrageous, typical and desirable.

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17 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Code 46 (2004)

According to screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, 'The 20th century was the Freud century, and the 21st century's going to be the genetics century.'"

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17 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Bandit Queen (1994)

The camera is as restless and as relentless as its object, Phoolan Devi.

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The Battle of Algiers: Criterion Collection (1967)

Things are never as simple as administrations would like us (and themselves) to believe.

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	Morcheeba: From Brixton to Beijing [DVD]

Of all the acclaimed groups birthed by the 'Bristol' trip-hop sound of the early '90s -- an exclusive group that includes such unquestionable luminaries as Massive Attack, Smith & Mighty, Tricky and Portishead -- Morcheeba have always been considered the underachievers.

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	Goldfrapp: Wonderful Electric: Live in London [DVD]

Goldfrapp is one of the finest musical talents to have emerged in the first half of this decade.

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Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

The first black Heavyweight Champion of the World, 1908 to 1915, Jack Johnson was rowdy, smart, rebellious, and proud.

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Prisoner: Cell Block H - 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Women in prison. What wonderful, wanton images those three words conjure up.

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Home Improvement: The Complete First Season

Tim's determination to add 'more power' to every household appliance or gardening tool speaks to his skewed sense of what it means to be a man.

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10 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Hermitage Masterpieces

The Hermitage represents the climax of the Russian aristocracy's longtime fascination with Europe.

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10 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Bill Hicks Live: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-Up Comedian

Shocking and mocking his way through the mid-'80s comedy scene, Bill Hicks invited controversy with his dark, explicit sexual humor.

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10 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Village (2004)

'I have to keep doing things that scare me, and this certainly scares me,' says M. Night Shyamalan.

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10 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Paparazzi (2004)

'In case you're wondering,' says director Paul Abascal, 'in this movie, the paparazzi are very sleazy guys.'"

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10 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

High Art (1998)

Where other lesbian-themed films might ride the sweat-stained cliché for all it's worth, Cholodenko instead shows restraint.

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