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22 Apr 2003 // 10:00 PM

	R.E.M.: Document [DVD Audio]

When R.E.M. finally broke through to mainstream success with 1987’s Document, they did it the way musicians dream of. After loading up with

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14 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Living in Oblivion (1995)

Living in Oblivion's fine cast works together like a dream.

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14 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Gang Tapes (2002)

The majority of Gang Tapes is framed through Kris' camera; it is his eye -- and ours -- on his world.

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14 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Eighteenth Angel (1997)

And with that, the film's innocence-versus-evil course is set.

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The Cook and Other Treasures (2003)

Both films showcase Fatty Arbuckle's talents for physical comedy.

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7 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Inside Islam

Points out that the Qur'an refers to Christians as 'fellow people of the book.'

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7 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Paid in Full (2002)

It's not a standard issue dealer movie, featuring strong performances, a shrewd narrative structure, and subtle, smart resistance to stereotypes.

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2 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

The film is full of perfectly executed scenes.

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2 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Maid in Manhattan (2002)

Jennifer Lopez has made a lucrative habit of reprising her story in most of her fictional incarnations.

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2 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Killers (1946)

The line between victims and violators is almost erased, now that playing by the rules seems little more than an antiquated affectation.

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Entertainer’s Basketball Classic at Rucker Park: The Second Season (2003)

The players at Rucker Park feel like 'superheroes,' and they've got the nicknames and convention-defying games to prove it.

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2 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Awful Truth (1937)

Never sappy, The Awful Truth is at once light on its feet and grounded at heart.

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Virus: Virus Buster Serge, Volume 1

The sheer number of questions director Masami Obari piles on makes us wonder if even he knows what's going on.

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All in the Family: Second Season

In the case of All in the Family and Sanford and Son, 'groundbreaking' is not an overstatement.

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You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

Reveals the liberation offered by non-alienating work and examines the matrices between class and gender, as few other films do.

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25 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

In a Lonely Place (1950)

Put simply, the eyes cannot be trusted, not in film noir generally, and especially not in In a Lonely Place.

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25 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

The wealth of detail about gay life at the time and the often adverse public perception of homosexual behavior ensures Victim's lasting fascination as a social document.

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25 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Gloria (1980)

Cassavetes himself was not happy with his script.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Once Upon a Time (1944)

On its surface a classic fairytale, it can also be read as commentary on Hollywood's role in wartime America.

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18 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Making the Misfits (2001)

There's a cautionary tale in the notion that life sometimes imitates art enough to destroy both, and this piece might have striven harder to assess which is the greater American tragedy.

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