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Monday, November 29 2004

The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

As Eve, a young woman whose life unravels following her diagnosis with multiple personality disorder, Joanne Woodward is spectacular.


Ragtime (1981)

Profound as Coalhouse walker's story might be, Ragtime is about far more.


Hero (2002)

Hero reimagines history in a way that underlines its tragedy.


The Clearing (2004)

The kidnapping sets in motion a thriller that doubles as a character study, delving into Wayne and Eileen's strained marriage.


The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

'In Japan,' says Takeshi Kitano, 'cops and yakuzas are the only two occupations that deal with death or violence daily.'"


Wednesday, November 24 2004

Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties (2004)

A film that sheds light on discrimination and energetically calls for a re-evaluation of U.S. priorities.


Roadgames (1981)

Roadgames is ultimately a clever Hitchcockian soufflé that 'is full of air, but rises nicely.'"


The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

The Hammer remains confused and conflicted, almost apologetic for who he is.


Monday, November 15 2004

The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

'There are tears for things, there are tears of things, there are tears from things,' says Guy Maddin.


Legally Blonde: Platinum Collection (2001/2003)

The audio commentary featuring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Luketic demonstrates the leading lady to be much more thoughtful and subdued than her typical roles might suggest.


I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2003)

For all the inevitability of Will's descent, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead is an almost perversely moving experience.


Howard Hughes: The Real Aviator (2004)

Howard Hughes: The Real Aviator focuses on the man's contributions to and obsessions with aviation.


Garfield: The Movie (2004)

If Garfield's non-animated creatures lack distinction (what you might call 'edge'), it should be remembered that it is intended for small children.


Bridget Jones’s Diary: Collector’s Edition (2001)

Speaking of her star, Renée Zellweger, Maguire is appropriately besotted: 'You can see what she brought to Bridget. She's got this fantastic warmth and this permanent confusion on her face.'"


Monday, November 8 2004

The Stepford Wives (2004)

Director Frank Oz asserts, 'There is no such a thing as Stepford. Stepford is in the mind.'"


The Nutty Professor (1963)

We come to see the film itself is the formula, making impossible Buddy Loves of us all.


Mulholland Falls (1996)

Mulholland Falls resembles an episode of Law & Order with funny hats.


Hooked: The Legend of Demetrius “Hook” Mitchell (2004)

'I mean, this guy,' says Master P. 'He used to jump over cars.'"


The Grissom Gang (1971)

Like his characters, Robert Aldrich went for broke, taking his audiences on a thrill ride that could be thoughtful and hair-raising at the same time.


Best of the Best (1989)

Dude, it's Eric Roberts. And he's the better of the two actors. It ain't happening.


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