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28 Jun 2004 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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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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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14 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Cliffhanger (2003)

Approaching The Cliffhanger like a series of short subjects encourages patience for a weak segment, as another is always around the corner.

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Black Hawk Down: Superbit (2001)

Black Hawk Down illustrates well the absurdity and chaos of urban warfare: there's no ground to be won, no victory to be claimed.

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7 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Winds of War

Perhaps a new generation might learn something of the substance behind the headlines by following the Henrys around the world of 65 years ago.

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Spider-Man: Deluxe Edition (2003)

On screen, Spider-Man necessarily becomes more literal, less imaginative.

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7 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

Stuck on You (2003)

While the initial twins material is weak, the Hollywood lampoon barely gets off the ground, and the love story is so lightweight, it practically floats.

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7 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

Ned Kelly (2003)

Ned might have been a criminal in the eyes of the law, but to working class Australians he was a hero wrongly accused.

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7 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

Monster (2003)

Aileen's changed self takes shape most immediately and vehemently in response to a psychotic-seeming john who declares his loathing of all 'hookers nowadays'.

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City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002)

The film's most profound understanding is that the moral confusions shaping its protagonists are not particular to them, but surrounding all of us.

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Das Boot (The Original Uncut Version) (1981)

It is a landmark event for connoisseurs of war movies, thrill-seekers, and lovers of consummate filmmaking.

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