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9 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Machinist (2004)

Trevor is an image disappearing, more about reduction and loss than self-knowledge and identification.

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Richard Pryor: Stand-Up (2005)

More than anything else, Richard Pryor was a confessional artist whose monologues derived from his own chaotic and frequently self-destructive life, Brother Richard testifying from the lip of the abyss.

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Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (2004)

The very process of documenting freestyle is at once contradictory and ambitious, futile and crucial.

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2 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Malevolence (2004)

The movie toggles over into autopilot, following the flight path established years ago by John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper.

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Jules and Jim: Criterion Collection (1962)

'Truffaut had the dread of everything conventional. Above all, he detested the conventionality of the nonconventional,' Jean Gruault notes.

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27 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Moog (2004)

Synthesizer pioneer/nice guy Bob Moog deserves a thorough, artistically bold biopic. Director Hans Fjellestad isn't up to the challenge.

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26 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Flame Trees of Thika (1981)

The filming oscillates uneasily between Masterpiece Theater lushness and National Geographic-style ethno-voyeurism.

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The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)

Christopher Reeve's film seems geared less towards portraying the warts and all existence of a disabled person, than showing what can be achieved with a little selfless dedication.

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24 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Around the Bend (2004)

Henry's instructions bring Turner and Jason to important landmarks that dredge up memories and force them to face events that have haunted their lives.

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23 May 2005 // 3:00 PM

The Big Town (1987)

In Cullen's rise to the top, he summarily steps on everyone who tries to help him or slow him down.

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23 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Séance (2004)

As Koji and Junco drift apart, not only is their dialogue minimal, but they also appear repeatedly framed by windows and doorways.

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20 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Fearless Freaks (2005)

For a world-famous band, respected and requested by everyone from Beck to Justin Timberlake, the Flaming Lips are a group of humble, down-to-earth guys.

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20 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Abouna (2002)

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's second film is lilting and profound at once, precise and sinuous, pulsing with brilliant, sometimes breathtaking color and dense emotional detail, even as it tells a tale of loss and longing.

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William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice (2004)

Pacino contains Shylock's temper as reaction, looking simultaneously vile and vulnerable, hardly a simple balance.

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18 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Kinsey (2004)

Not only is the character difficult by heroic biopic standards, but his story combines radical thinking, extraordinary generosity, and supreme egotism.

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Team America: World Police: Special Collector’s Edition (2004)

Parker and Stone plainly love the size of this outrageous project, but they also understand and show off how silly that love is.

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: Criterion Collection (2004)

'That's what the movie's sort of about,' observes Wes Anderson, 'self-invention, and making their own art, and all those things.'"

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16 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Hustle (2004)

Pete Rose so badly wants people to think he's a good guy that he presents Rose the legend, never Rose the man.

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Volcano High (2001)

Instead of building to a final showdown, the movie seems one continuous climax that is completely exhausting.

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The Partisans of Vilna (1986) - PopMatters Film Review

The Partisans of Vilna allows viewers to enter the Vilna ghetto and the lives of its youthful defenders.

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