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17 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Paycheck (2003)

'A true hero,' says John Woo on the commentary track for the Paycheck DVD, 'always reaches out a helping hand to others.'"

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17 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Japanese Story (2003)

Such immersion in Sandy's evolving perceptions shifts the film away from what would seem its generic romance outline.

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17 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

In America (2003)

The semi-autobiographical tale of director Jim Sheridan considers the many complicated ways that 'America' works as idea and experience, the ways it engulfs, consumes, and produces its subjects.

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3 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s (1997)

The real stars of Off the Menu are not the stars. They are the 'United Nations' of Chasen's staff, most of whom worked there for over 30 years.

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3 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

The viewer is left feeling that the Manhattan Project would have been a fantastic topic for a miniseries, but is an awful one for a 120-minute studio flick.

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3 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Casa de los Babys (2003)

The movie, which focuses on a group of U.S. women arrived in an unidentified Latin American country to adopt children, is as much about cultural imperialism and racism as it is about women and babies.

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26 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Timeline (2003)

For a group of scientists, they are almost shockingly inattentive to details and to historical facts.

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26 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Osama (2003)

Siddiq Barmak says, 'People of the world, of Afghanistan and other people of the world, they need to drink pure water.'"

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

When the men's opposition is revealed in its tenderest moments, you recall that Weir's work can be supple and strange.

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26 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Doggy Poo (2003)

Doggy Poo is the tale of a newborn mound of mutt mush that questions its place in the cosmic pecking order.

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26 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Day of the Dead (1985)

The 'domesticated' zombie Bud has learned to appreciate the most important elements of modern culture: classical music, Stephen King novels, and handguns.

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26 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Big Fish (2003)

Edward's persistent self-inflation frustrates Will, just as its contradictions appeal to Burton.

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19 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Pornographers (1966)

The Pornographers works on the margins of social norms and 'abhorrence,' officially accepted commerce and illicit trade.

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A League of Their Own (1992)

A League of Their Own is an engagingly old fashioned and family-friendly comedy.

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19 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Gods Must be Crazy I & II (1980/1988)

The documentary Journey to Nyae Nyae considers the films' consumption in the West, as they made N!xau a star and raised anthropological interest in the Bushmen.

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12 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

Laced with screwball comedy and high-speed action, the film encompasses more complex themes than the usual sugarcoated 'spirit of Christmas'.

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The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

The circus crew is depicted as a cross between Santa's Workshop and the U.S. Army; they are impossibly virtuous, toiling endlessly for the delight of children.

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5 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Just One of the Guys (1985)

Just One of the Guys is worth repeated viewing, especially for Hyser's hilarious and charismatic performance.

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5 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Hustle and Heat (2003)

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

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5 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

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

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