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22 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Stander (2003)

Reasoning that 'a white man can get away with anything today,' Stander sets out to distract the police as well as show up their prejudice.

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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Demme's movie reasserts that the fabled U.S. political landscape isn't transparent or democratic, but instead, corrupted by the individuals who manage it.

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King Arthur: Extended Unrated Director’s Cut (2004)

'The idea of these young boys being taken away from home at a young age... reminded me a lot of my own culture,' says director Antoine Fuqua.

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22 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Hi, Mom (1970)

It is slightly odd to see Robert DeNiro so young and handsome, giving a performance so deftly naturalistic.

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22 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 03 (2004)

As our own physical reality becomes more entwined with virtual ones, Ghost in the Shell couldn't be more apt.

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22 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Farmingville (2004)

This searing documentary argues against the use of near-slave-level migrant labor, implying that the United States' economy would collapse without it. In making this case, the film indicts a first world population that doesn't want to do its own dirty work.

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Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)

Amid all the overreaching, expensive, mostly tacky ambition of the summer's movies, it's good to see a B-movie that knows what it is.

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Top Gun: Special Collector’s Edition (1986)

One angle on this newness was the boys' deep friendships, masculine and competitive but also tender and intimate.

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13 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Uncomfortable with his abilities (they have come on him like a virus), Peter repeatedly returns to his central question: Who am I?"

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The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

'When you do a love story as part of your film, you need to do a lot of love scenes, so we can see the lovers together,' explains Garry Marshall.

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13 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Naked Jungle (1954)

What sets this Naked Jungle apart is a remarkably astute depiction of the collision of the sexes, in its addition of a mail order bride for the protagonist.

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13 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

I, Robot (2004)

'It's harder and harder to make straight-ahead sci-fi and straight-ahead comic book movies,' says Akiva Goldsman.

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6 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Terminal (2004)

The saga of Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) is an apt reflection of what might be termed a global fear.

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6 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Smooth Talk (1985)

As he inhabits a movie based on a Joyce Carol Oates short story, Arnold is all kinds of metaphor.

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6 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Infernal Affairs (2002)

Infernal Affairs is endlessly stylish.

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6 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Horns and Halos (2002)

The real thrill of Horns and Halos is watching an upstart DIY publisher make a noticeable dent by championing what everyone else might see as a lost cause.

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Zhou Yu’s Train (Zhou Yu de huo che) (2002)

Structured as a tale that is in the process of being told, Zhou Yu's Train cuts back and forth in time and across locations.

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29 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

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.

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29 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Ragtime (1981)

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

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29 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Hero (2002)

Hero reimagines history in a way that underlines its tragedy.

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