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Monday, April 5 2004

Hustle and Heat (2003)

Lisa's got what Rad calls 'more firepower than Waco,' in her garage.


Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

The title refers to many 'things,' most simultaneously dirty and pretty.


Dawn of the Dead (1979)

George Romero's apocalyptic vision looks more like prophecy than fiction.


Monday, March 29 2004

The Vampire Effect (Chin gei bin) (2003)

The device aptly serves as metaphor for the risk currently facing Hong Kong cinema, namely, the pursuit of the global mainstream.


The Spook Who Sat By the Door (1973)

It remains one of the few uncompromised representations of black armed resistance in the United States.


Monday, March 22 2004

Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

Something's Gotta Give is best when it backs off the cute dialogue and the actors create their own moments.


Beyond Borders (2003)

The truth is shifty throughout Beyond Borders, primarily because its fiction is filtered through Sarah's eyes.


Monday, March 15 2004

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Berkley-educated, Katherine is a 'forward thinker,' a 'bohemian' who believes that education opens doors.


Morvern Callar (2002)

Morvern is a puzzle the film picks at but never quite solves, the focus of its probing but also respectful attention.


Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1973)

Brother Sun, Sister Moon transcends its Catholic specificity to find spiritual truth through humility.


Monday, March 8 2004

Space Is the Place (1974)

If the film is the definitive model of where blaxploitation intersects with sci-fi, as it has so often been regarded, then 2003 was an appropriate year for its return.


Monday, March 1 2004

Tricheurs (1983)

For Schroeder, gambling becomes a metaphor for the allure of the unknown.


The School of Rock (2003)

'I'm always going 10 miles too far over the top, and sometimes I have a tendency to go crazy ham and cheese,' says Jack Black.


Labyrinth (1986)

Sarah is the origin and end of the fiction, its cause and effect simultaneously.


Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

Far too vast to be linear or inclusive, the Godzilla story is actually a lot of stories, many of them contradictory.


Annie (1982)

She may have been a multimedia moppet, skipping from comic strip to radio to Broadway, but Little Orphan Annie is no movie star.


Monday, February 23 2004

Walk on the Wild Side (1962)

Edward Dmytryk makes fine use of the French Quarter's Byzantine ironwork, its shadowy foyers, and the Escher-like twists of its courtyards and balconies.


Spellbound (2002)

Failure is always just one letter away.


My Life Without Me (2003)

Her capacity for intense focus, as Polley observes, makes Ann seem unusual, 'incredibly efficient and practical'.


The Missing

At the first moment you see Maggie (Cate Blanchett) on screen in Ron Howard's The Missing, you know this is one of those Cate Blanchett tough-girl projects.


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