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15 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Man on Fire (2004)

Tony Scott enthuses, 'I had such a brilliant smorgasbord of really odd, strange personalities and different looks.'"

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The Road to Memphis / Godfathers and Sons / Red, White & Blues - PopMatters Music Review
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For a genre of music that was borne out of hardship, and featured some of music history's most powerful and poignant material, its striking how tame The Blues is.

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From Jesus to Christ (2004) - PopMatters Film Review
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This passionate intellectual journey through the first two centuries of Christianity is the perfect antidote to The Passion of the Christ.

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15 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)

The film is now out on DVD, a bare-bones release ideal for dissection, isolating the best and worst of Murphy.

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15 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Baadasssss! (2003)

Mario Van Peebles came up understanding the power of images as a means to incite and reveal revolution.

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Whispers in the Dark (1992)

What emerges here is a painfully generic potboiler briefly masquerading as softcore porn.

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The United States of Leland (2003)

Leland meets a teacher who's been tending to young hard cases for too long.

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8 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

7 Days in September (2003)

'I wasn't thinking about making a film,' says one documentary filmmaker. 'I just happened to be there and it was history in the making.'"

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8 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2004)

If the film may not reveal all the tenets of the religion's philosophy, it provides a sensory experience of Buddhist principle and wisdom.

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Resident Evil: Deluxe Edition (2002)

Resident Evil opens at a moment that might be best described as mid-psychosis, that is, the titular evil is overtaking the 'residence'.

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8 Sep 2004 // 12:00 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 // 12:00 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 // 3:00 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 // 12:00 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 // 12:00 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 // 12:00 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 // 10:00 PM

	Yes: YESSPEAK DVD

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

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