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20 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Admissions (2004)

This near obsessive concern for Emily's well-being also limits Evie's experience, even her desire for experience.

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Tetsuo: The Iron Man - Collector’s Edition (1988)

It's porn of a particular sort, less arousing than hideous, but improbably, grimly titillating all the same.

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19 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Ice Princess (2005)

Corny as it must be, Ice Princess is substantially bolstered by Trachtenberg's appealing mix of eagerness and grace.

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18 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Be Cool (2005)

The John Travolta movie starts off on the wrong foot and proceeds downwards.

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Sam Kinison: Outlaws of Comedy (1990)

Unfortunately, Sam Kinison: Outlaws of Comedy is the worst version of this wounded genius that ever existed.

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The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Francis Ford Coppola's focus on his family, in the film and his memory, could not be more poignant or more public.

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Father of the Bride: 15th Anniversary Edition (1991)

Maybe it's asking too much for a lighthearted comedy to raise any significant questions. But it can't be asking too much to expect the film to make sense.

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11 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Table For Five (1983)

Watching this 1983 tearjerker anew is a jarring, surprising experience.

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11 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Gunner Palace (2004)

'Maybe this whole war thing wasn't even true,' says Spc. Wilf. 'Maybe it's all burned into my mind now.'"

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Gone in 60 Seconds: Director’s Cut (2000)

The trailer for Gone is a particularly unpretentious distillation of the film's key elements.

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7 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Starting Over (1979)

Starting Over captures the sting of loving someone despite knowing he is going to break your heart.

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7 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Good Father (1985)

Within minutes of its start, Mike Newell's The Good Father has thus established Bill's rage.

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Sling Blade - Director’s Cut (Miramax Collector’s Series) (1996)

Sling Blade is a piece of true Southern Gothic in the vein of Flannery O'Connor, Harry Crews, and (yes, I'll say it) William Faulkner.

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6 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Coyote Ugly: The Unrated Extended Cut (2000)

Melanie Lynskey, despite being underused in the film, says more with a couple of gestures and expressions than anyone else does with dialogue.

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5 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Double Dare (2004)

Jeannie Epper actually stands for longevity, not retirement, the example that Bell might follow once all the bright lights disappear.

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5 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Bride & Prejudice (2004)

Lalita is daring independent whose education involves coming to terms with both her constraining heritage and her desire to fit in.

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1 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Prime Cut (1972)

Prime Cut is like a giant absurdist painting.

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1 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hitch (2005)

Hitch's combination of expertise and endearing clumsiness makes use of a few too many clichés.

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The Prophecy: Uprising (2005)

This may well be the first film where the Prince of Darkness is merciful, tolerant, and even politically centered.

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Crazed Fruit: Criterion Collection (1956)

Natsuhisa poses as something of a mentor to Haruji, but also reveals a low-grade competitiveness that will soon spiral into full-blown resentment and malice.

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