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6 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

In Living Color: Season 2

Appearing during the Reagan revolution's pronounced backlash against the homeless/poor/people of color, Homey offered a counter-narrative.

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6 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Terminal (2004)

The saga of Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) is an apt reflection of what might be termed a global fear.

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6 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Smooth Talk (1985)

As he inhabits a movie based on a Joyce Carol Oates short story, Arnold is all kinds of metaphor.

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6 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Infernal Affairs (2002)

Infernal Affairs is endlessly stylish.

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6 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Horns and Halos (2002)

The real thrill of Horns and Halos is watching an upstart DIY publisher make a noticeable dent by championing what everyone else might see as a lost cause.

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	Snoop Dogg: Bigg Snoop Dogg’s Puff Puff Pass Tour [DVD]

The filmmakers start to draw out a larger message: The Drug War was a second American Civil War, led by a racist Southern family named Bush, to re-imprison blacks and other minorities.

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	Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Live at Montreux 1997 [DVD]

Emerson, Lake & Palmer never have to worry about their reunions tarnishing their legacy. There have been few bands as critically unloved as these monsters

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Zhou Yu’s Train (Zhou Yu de huo che) (2002)

Structured as a tale that is in the process of being told, Zhou Yu's Train cuts back and forth in time and across locations.

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29 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

As Eve, a young woman whose life unravels following her diagnosis with multiple personality disorder, Joanne Woodward is spectacular.

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29 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Ragtime (1981)

Profound as Coalhouse walker's story might be, Ragtime is about far more.

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29 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Hero (2002)

Hero reimagines history in a way that underlines its tragedy.

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29 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Clearing (2004)

The kidnapping sets in motion a thriller that doubles as a character study, delving into Wayne and Eileen's strained marriage.

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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

'In Japan,' says Takeshi Kitano, 'cops and yakuzas are the only two occupations that deal with death or violence daily.'"

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	Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon [DVD]

I can’t think of many musicians who’ve campaigned to create their own country, as Fela Kuti once did, to save his Lagos slum

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	Norah Jones and the Handsome Band: Live in 2004 [DVD]

The DVD serves as confirmation that, yes, Norah is Norah, and effectively drives home everything that has now become part of the 'Norah Package'. Quiet, withdrawn demeanor? Check. Slow, peaceful tunes? Check. Total control over a positively velvet voice? Check.

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Taxi: The Complete First Season

If Alex is the dad, Louie is the drunk uncle who visits without calling first.

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24 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

SCTV Volume 2

The material shows how much the SCTV crew did not engage in either obvious parody or simple knee-jerk laughs.

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Arrested Development: Season One

Arrested Development is Bad Behavior writ large, and it is the most consistently funny half-hour to grace the Idiot Box in a long time.

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24 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties (2004)

A film that sheds light on discrimination and energetically calls for a re-evaluation of U.S. priorities.

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24 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Roadgames (1981)

Roadgames is ultimately a clever Hitchcockian soufflé that 'is full of air, but rises nicely.'"

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