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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

The investigation into issues of patriotism and accountability in Judgment at Nuremberg resonates strongly with contemporary American politics.

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Io non ho paura (2003)

Michele also loses faith in the adults who are supposed to look after him.

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Intermission (2003)

Intermission repeatedly frustrates audience expectations.

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 02 (2004)

The story can be read as an oblique critique of mass media: brain-hacking literalizes the process by which our experiences are constructed by the powers that be.

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Conquest of Space (1955)

Merritt's protests actually date pretty well -- contemporary liberal sensibilities often subscribe to the view that space travel is a continuation or extension of the colonial impulse.

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Buried in the Sand: The Deception of America (2004)

Buried's real value is not as conservative propaganda, but rather, as a distilled example of conservative political spin.

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	Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985 [DVD]

What a difference a few years can make in the life of a musician. In 1982, Stevie Ray Vaughan and bandmates Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon

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14 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Rose Tattoo (1955)

All this overacting hardly dampens the film's efforts to grant weighty meaning to the rose tattoo.

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Homicide: Life on the Street: The Complete Season 5

It frequently expanded cop-show boundaries, occasionally gave in to suits in search or ratings, and most often, surprised fans and detractors alike.

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13 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Valentín (2002)

Agresti says, 'It's challenging, from such a little situation, to elaborate with details, without sensationalistic tricks and pyrotechnics.'"

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13 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Raising Helen (2004)

'Raising Helen's a happy, peppy picture, with Kate Hudson and her legs,' says Garry Marshall.

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Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time (2002)

According to Goldsworthy, we must re-examine the mundane in order to break through our habitual and clichéd perceptions.

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13 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Nothing But a Man (1964)

Nothing But a Man remains a fascinating and uplifting document because its makers understood that, as worldviews, candor and hope are not mutually exclusive.

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The Lost Boys: Special Edition (1987)

While director Joel Schumacher may not have made a perfectly genre-breaking, horror-comedy mix, he got the 'hip' part right.

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13 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

If Fahrenheit 9/11 is occasionally glib or unfocused, it is always angry and unafraid, and that makes it quite unlike the typically complacent news media and official bodies it targets.

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13 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Dead Leaves (2004)

Beyond the gross-out factor, Dead Leaves is also a self-consciously stylish orgy of animation aesthetics and techniques.

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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Even as it lays down a scary geopolitical scenario and a few partisan gauntlets, The Day After Tomorrow aims to please.

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5 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Simpsons Gone Wild

It's all harmless, but wince-inducing, like an embarrassing baby photo.

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5 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Star Trek Voyager: Season Four

One of the rewards of sitting through the fourth season is observing Jeri Ryan's evolution as an actor.

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5 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The White Dawn (1974)

While the indigenous people mock their guests as the spawn of dogs, they nonetheless save them from death and offer them shelter.

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