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The Dreams of Sparrows (2004)

Director Hayder Mousa Daffar had a dream, to make a documentary about his Iraq. Not, he says, the Iraq that he sees 'on the internet, on the news... bombs and explosions', but a country where people lived, and survived, and aspired for more.

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28 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Acacia (2003)

Director Ki-Hyung Par considers Acacia his personal statement on adoption in Korea.

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27 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Twenty Bucks (1993)

Reflecting its long gestation period, Twenty Bucks seems ageless, its photography and art direction creating an ambiguous timestamp.

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

Before you've had time to acclimate yourself to any themes and motifs, before you have any context, you've already been assaulted.

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25 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Jacket (2005)

Jack's experience fragments so radically and time turns so out of joint that you might think he's insane, as do his white-coated doctors.

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25 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hukkle (2002)

Selling poison to the denizens of a small Slavic village, she's a one-woman Murder, Incorporated.

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Plethora (2005) - PopMatters Film Review
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It's billed as 'a documentary about stuff', but it's really about self-identity and interpersonal relationships, and how our personal belongings serve as extensions of our selves.

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Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection (2005)

Bill and Ted have barely a brain between them and speak in brilliantly realized Surferese: they're that guy you know who still snickers at the double entendres in Van Halen album titles.

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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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