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Wednesday, December 22 2004

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.


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.


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.


Hi, Mom (1970)

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


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.


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.


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.


Monday, December 13 2004

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.


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?"


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.


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.


I, Robot (2004)

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


Monday, December 6 2004

The Terminal (2004)

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


Smooth Talk (1985)

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


Infernal Affairs (2002)

Infernal Affairs is endlessly stylish.


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.


Monday, November 29 2004

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.


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.


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