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8 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Ladykillers (2004)

Pious, earnest, and broadly drawn, Marva is the first black character in a Coen brothers movie to occupy center stage.

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8 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Jersey Girl (2003)

Affleck and Smith talk lots about shooting details and feelings about their chosen fields, their mutual esteem and affection audible.

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6 Sep 2004 // 4:00 PM

	Various Artists: Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll [DVD]

American rock ‘n’ roll suffers from a sad paradox. The very thing that made it great unto immortality when it first exploded into the world—

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Twisted: Special Collector’s Edition (2004)

'I'd been wanting to make a film noir in San Francisco for many years,' says Philip Kaufman, 'And the closest I'd come was Invasion of the Body Snatchers.'"

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30 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Trekkies 2 (2004)

All the gravitas in the world, however, can't overcome the fact that 'fan' is short for 'fanatic', and a central question posed by Trekkies 2 is 'How much is too much?'"

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The Passion of the Christ (2004)

The sympathetic viewers are hard to watch, as Mary and Mary Magdalene repeatedly collapse against one another, trembling.

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30 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Lilith (1964)

It's tempting to read this mental-institution drama as some kind of political allegory.

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30 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 01 (2004)

What is consistent from episode to episode (besides the characters) is a multi-faceted investigation of the relationship between humans and machines.

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The Girl Next Door: Unrated Version (2004)

The film begins by introducing just how hard it is to be in high school -- a good and difficult thing for adults to remember.

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29 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Yes: YESSPEAK DVD

How can anyone but the most hard-hearted cynic hate Yes?"

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Raising Victor Vargas: Special Edition (2003)

What makes Raising Victor Vargas especially rewarding are its details -- in composition, rhythm, and especially, characterization.

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The Laws of Attraction (2004)

All this back-and-forth is tedious, in part because it means that Audrey and Daniel spend a lot of time together.

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The Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002)

Leigh Bowery played to his audience's sense of independence, using the 1980s social shift away from punkish DIY to outrageous opulence.

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23 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Garage Days (2004)

Garage Days chronicles the adventures of a struggling young Sydney band as they try desperately to land that ever-elusive first paying gig.

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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex ‘N’ Drugs ‘N’ Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood: Denni

While Scorsese, Spielberg, and Coppola have become legends, they have also become what they once rebelled against: the system.

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Candyman: Special Edition (1992)

Kasi Lemmons says, 'The Candyman is born of extreme racism against him.'"

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	DKT-MC5: Sonic Revolution - A Celebration of the MC5 [DVD]

Of the many words that could describe the MC5's legacy, controversy would be prominently displayed on the list.

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Predator: Collector’s Edition (1987)

Taut and relentless, Predator pares down, stage by stage.

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9 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Prince & Me (2004)

'The truth is,' says Martha Coolidge, 'we all have to take care of ourselves before we do anything else.'"

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The Princess Diaries: Special Edition (2001)

'You know, sometimes you use a relative,' says Garry Marshall. 'I heard that nepotism is legal, so I made it an art form.'"

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