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6 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

CSI Miami: The Complete First Season

CSI Miami presents cases so clinically that it can introduce issues as scandalous as anything on reality TV without appearing exploitative.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Sixth Season

The only really real Buffy is really Buffy. —Xander (Nicholas Brendan), “Bargaining” I live in hell. / ‘Cause I’ve been expelled from heaven. —Buffy (Sarah

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6 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

'Hip-hop to me,' says Dr. Dre, 'is a way out.'"

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Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (2003)

Omar Sharif observes, 'It's very difficult for me to find parts at my age, because I have this very peculiar accent which is neither French nor English nor Italian. I'm sort of a foreigner.'

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6 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra constitutes another attempt, lovingly based on bad, low-budget movies, borrowing from and referencing classics.

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Independent’s Day: The Ultimate Insider’s Look at the Crazy World of Sundance (1998)

Indie fanatics will appreciate this behind-the-scenes look at the independent film business set against the backdrop of the Sundance Film Festival.

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South Park: The Complete Fourth Season

Originally airing from April until December of 2000, the episodes take frequent aim at U.S. culture and politics.

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28 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

The World of Suzie Wong (1960)

Originally released in 1960, The World of Suzie Wong still elicits both fond remembrance and complete revulsion.

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28 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

3-Way (2004)

Dwight Yoakam needs our support, and that's the only reason to watch 3-Way.

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28 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Perfect Score (2004)

As Kyle's nightmare indicates, The Perfect Score includes a rudimentary political critique of the U.S. educational and testing system.

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Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)

Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) comes to understand a new place for himself, and, no small thing, frames an acutely political history by his own story.

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Who’s the Boss?: The Complete First Season

The contradictory premise of Who's the Boss? does what it's supposed to do: it sets the scene for cheesy sitcom tomfoolery.

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Star Trek: Voyager, Season Two

More maternal than Amazonian, Captain Janeway serves simultaneously as the crew's protector and counselor.

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22 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

Dead Like Me: Season One

By way of explaining the significance of their task, Betty asserts, 'Hundreds and thousands of people die every day. Bodies are easy -- dig a ditch, light a match -- but what about the souls? Who takes care of them?'

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14 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Weather Underground (2003)

Gaining resonance with today's 'war on terror,' The Weather Underground, recalls another unsettled social scene, during another unsettled period.

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14 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

Touching the Void (2003)

Joe Simpson says, 'I'd forgotten how difficult it was. I've told the story so many times, it's just become a fiction.'"

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14 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

Hearing Tupac Amaru Shakur talk about himself in the past tense is unnerving at first. Not only was he profound and perceptive in his early 20s, he was prescient too.

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14 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

The President’s Analyst (1967)

This technological nightmare fuses free-market corporatism gone amuck with the regimentation and loss of individuality that characterized the Soviet empire.

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Night of the Living Dead: Millennium Edition (1968)

The casting of Duane Jones provides the film with a racial subtext, overtly linked to the social and political turmoil of late 1960s U.S.

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50 First Dates: Special Edition (2004)

Always in the present, Drew Barrymore's Lucy is changed in an instant. And she's irresistible.

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