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Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

There's something about the loch, its deep dark water mystery and nightmarish symbolism, keeps us engaged.

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The Boy Who Wanted to be a Bear: Collector’s Series Edition (2002)

The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear speaks to human ignorance of the animal world.

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4 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)

Downfall's preoccupation with a flesh-and-blood Hitler is central to its meditation on fanaticism.

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28 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Same River Twice (2003)

In the late 1990s, Robb Moss decided to document the lives of five people from an early rafting trip, not knowing what form the new story would assume.

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28 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Our Town (2003)

Our Town is revered for its simple structure and shorthand summation of the human journey.

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I Heart Huckabees: 2-Disc Special Edition (2004)

As hard as he tries, Albert can't quite keep up with the Jaffes' questions, let alone their answers.

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Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

Much like John Moore's Behind Enemy Lines, Phoenix splices together traditional and current action movie clichés and rhythms.

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24 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Sam the Man (2000)

If Sam the Man didn't tackle some difficult relationship questions so perceptively, its horrible lead and crappy lighting would have sunk it.

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24 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Shanghai Ghetto (2002)

As survivor Henry Meisel observes in one of the supplemental, extended interviews: 'It's amazing how people can improvise.'"

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24 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

She Hate Me (2004)

As the last bill appears -- a three dollar 'bogus' bill featuring George W. Bush's face -- Spike Lee laughs. 'Hopefully, by the time you're seeing this DVD, he'll be out!'"

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24 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Nine Good Teeth (2003)

While the director suggests he wants make an objective film, Nine Good Teeth is undeniably skewed to display Nana in the best possible light.

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24 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hello Down There (1969)

Having failed to hold onto small-town American values during the late '60s mod explosion, the nuclear family man here flees to the bottom of the sea.

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The Grudge: Special Edition (2004)

Precisely composed frames of urban and ancient architecture give way to Karen's face, deftly shadowed and shot from low angles, as Karen struggles to decipher the symbols that set her course.

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24 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

All About Lily Chou-Chou (2002)

The film's point is to suggest that emotional withdrawal is symptomatic of contemporary Japanese culture.

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The American Astronaut (2004)

At an hour and a half, the film is transporting to look at but only intermittently fun to watch.

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17 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Yes Men (2004)

The DVD offers yet another avenue to the Yes Men's visibility, and, as they hope out loud, inspiration for others to make trouble in their own ways.

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Sister Helen (2004) - PopMatters Film Review
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Sister Helen was, by the movie's account, an unpleasant person: hard, focused, and motivated by the kind of purposeful regret that verges on self-loathing.

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Get Shorty (Special Edition) (1995)

Sonnenfeld keeps all of this under two hours by cutting the movie at a dazzling clip. The film moves like Travolta, quickly and with style.

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Donnie Darko: Director’s Cut (2001)

The problem embodied by Donnie is at once mundane and painfully special, the dilemma of fate vs. free will, laced though with unanswered questions of identity and responsibility.

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17 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Dottie Gets Spanked (1993)

Dottie Gets Spanked contextualizes and foretells the artfully designed surfaces and off-kilter universes of Haynes' later successes.

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