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13 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Blind Spot: Hitler’s Secretary (2002)

Though she swears that she has come to believe in Hitler's inherent evil, she also uses the word 'love' several times to describe her one-time feelings for him.

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13 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

L’Auberge Espagnole (2002)

Like many 24-year-olds, Xavier has a jumble of ideas in his head.

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The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons of Robert S. McNamara (2003) - PopMatters Film Review )

It is a most provocative, potent, and important film. And as the current war against and occupation of Iraq continue, the film looms like a kind of shadow, an increasingly alarming cautionary tale.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Johnny Depp spent time learning to swordfight, so that Captain Jack Sparrow could be poised and everready -- in a word, the Muhammad Ali of swordfighters.

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

Allan Quartermain is complex, to be sure, resenting imperialism even as he embodies it.

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15 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Great Gatsby (1974)

Raises a perennial question: if they can make a decent movie out of The Bridges of Madison County, why not a great one out of one of the best novels of the 20th century?"

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15 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Freaky Friday (2003)

Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan bring an appealing mutual affection to the remake of Freaky Friday.

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15 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Edge of the World (1937)

Michael Powell's work reveals the unshakable conviction that film should overwhelm the audience with an artist's deliberately crafted vision.

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15 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Eraserhead (1977)

Whatever it 'means,' Eraserhead makes clear that no one since the glory days of pre-color Hollywood understands the dramatic power of monochrome moviemaking better than David Lynch.

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Winged Migration (2001) - PopMatters Film Review
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Some of the images presented here are so astonishing and exquisite that one can hardly believe that they came from unaltered wild animal footage.

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9 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Sea is Watching (Umi wa miteita) (2002)

Akira Kurosawa, the man who made Yojimbo and Ran, casts a long shadow -- sometimes even over the stories he tells.

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9 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Gigli (2003)

It's tempting to imagine what extras might have been like for a Gigli DVD, given that the film received what had to be the most vehement critical drubbing of any released this past year.

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9 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Dark Crystal (1982)

It's ability to inspire terror is indicative of its creators' amazing craftsmanship.

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9 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

Draws much of its visual and dramatic effectiveness from Preminger's intelligent use of the screen process of the 1950s, Cinemascope.

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9 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Bad Boys II (2003)

In almost every way, Bad Boys II is larger, louder, and longer than the original. It is also more of the same.

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Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2003)

With a Grammy, dozens of connections to other media, the best-selling album on the Internet, legions of fans, and a 20-year music career, it's hard to think of TMBG as anything other than gigantic.

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1 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

X2: X-Men United (2003)

At once all powerful and utterly powerless, this involuntary terrorist is the first mutant you meet in X2.

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1 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Out-of-Towners (1970)

The real peril, though -- the one preceding all the others -- is that if you let it, the city can steal your thoughts.

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The Mondo Cane Collection (1962-1971) - PopMatters Film Review
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Most everything in The Mondo Cane Collection is unconventional, from subject matter to editing and direction.

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1 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Marrying Kind (1952)

Hollywood did not allow Holliday to display the full range of her talent and intelligence; most of her roles were variants of the 'dumb blonde'.

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