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Monday, August 30 2004

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

The sympathetic viewers are hard to watch, as Mary and Mary Magdalene repeatedly collapse against one another, trembling.


Lilith (1964)

It's tempting to read this mental-institution drama as some kind of political allegory.


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 01 (2004)

What is consistent from episode to episode (besides the characters) is a multi-faceted investigation of the relationship between humans and machines.


The Girl Next Door: Unrated Version (2004)

The film begins by introducing just how hard it is to be in high school -- a good and difficult thing for adults to remember.


Monday, August 23 2004

Raising Victor Vargas: Special Edition (2003)

What makes Raising Victor Vargas especially rewarding are its details -- in composition, rhythm, and especially, characterization.


The Laws of Attraction (2004)

All this back-and-forth is tedious, in part because it means that Audrey and Daniel spend a lot of time together.


The Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002)

Leigh Bowery played to his audience's sense of independence, using the 1980s social shift away from punkish DIY to outrageous opulence.


Garage Days (2004)

Garage Days chronicles the adventures of a struggling young Sydney band as they try desperately to land that ever-elusive first paying gig.


Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex ‘N’ Drugs ‘N’ Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood: Denni

While Scorsese, Spielberg, and Coppola have become legends, they have also become what they once rebelled against: the system.


Candyman: Special Edition (1992)

Kasi Lemmons says, 'The Candyman is born of extreme racism against him.'"


Monday, August 9 2004

Predator: Collector’s Edition (1987)

Taut and relentless, Predator pares down, stage by stage.


The Prince & Me (2004)

'The truth is,' says Martha Coolidge, 'we all have to take care of ourselves before we do anything else.'"


The Princess Diaries: Special Edition (2001)

'You know, sometimes you use a relative,' says Garry Marshall. 'I heard that nepotism is legal, so I made it an art form.'"


Millennium Mambo (2003)

A filmmaker fixated on the continuing past, Hou has become the foremost chronicler of our mortality.


Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)

In her discernible contempt, Elle stands in some opposition to Beatrix, whose ferocity is less mean than resolute.


Hidalgo (2004)

'Being out in the middle of the Arabian desert,' says Mortensen, 'you could easily imagine what it must have been like.'"


Tuesday, August 3 2004

13 Going on 30 (2004)

Jennifer Garner embodies a joy that's all too rare on recent movie screens, in adults or kids.


Secret Window (2004)

'Johnny's look,' says director David Koepp, 'mostly came from Johnny'.


RoboCop Trilogy (1987/1990/1993)

Strikingly, RoboCop's political insights are as timely today as on its release in 1987.


The Reckoning (2004)

The Reckoning raises significant questions concerning how news and history are shaped by those with the power to name them.


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