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22 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin) (1987)

Wings of Desire is the most optimistic of films, finding freedom and potential in the quotidian privileges most of us take for granted.

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22 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

Versus (2000)

Versus and Ichi the Killer challenge the concept of righteous motivation, offering protagonists so morally ambiguous that it's difficult to distinguish who is 'good' and who is 'evil'.

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22 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

Scared Straight! (1978)

'I don't want to end up in there,' is a repeated mantra.

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22 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

John Malkovich and Javier Bardem shed welcome light on their thinking about this sophisticated meditation on terrorism, trust, and desire.

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15 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

Targets (1968)

Draws parallels between Bobby and Charles Whitman, though there's a much larger issue at stake: the availability of guns, at the root of the rise of violence in America.

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15 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

Hook (1991)

Hook is thoroughly watchable, often amusing, fitfully entertaining.

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15 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

Enough (2002)

The first bit of news I heard on waking up this morning was that the wedding was off.

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15 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

Enigma (2001)

Michael Apted speaks of his intent to make the country appear 'beautiful' and, consequently, we're spared shots of bombed-out London or casualties of any kind.

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The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2001)

Shackleton does manage some spectacular feats against dire odds, which is why the story of his expedition is so tailor-made as dramatic spectacle.

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15 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

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If we call Stan Brakhage's films 'experimental,' it's because no other filmic term fits his style.

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9 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

Nobody’s Fool (1994)

Paul Newman plays Donald 'Sully' Sullivan, a shiftless 60-year-old forever dodging his responsibilities.

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9 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

Lost in La Mancha (2002)

What will most surely whet fans' appetites are the DVD's two 50-minute interviews with Terry Gilliam.

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9 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

Identity (2003)

As James Mangold neatly puts it, these characters are running along 'a kind of Möbius strip of hell.'"

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9 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

Double Vision (Shuang Tong) (2002)

Shows how the struggle to see and know is an increasingly complex and global one.

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9 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Day of the Dolphin (1973)

Jake is a '70s-style father, kindly but determined to teach worthy lessons even when he feels his child/dolphin's pain.

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9 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Core (2003)

While the film probably can't be recuperated, Jon Amiel's commentary on the DVD works some wonders of its own.

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9 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

Bulletproof Monk (2003)

'The big challenge we faced in the beginning is that, in the comic book, the Bulletproof Monk really isn't in the comic.'"

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2 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

I’m Going Home (2001)

Explores the ageless, ceaseless, and fruitless desire to find a place of peace.

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2 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Europeans (1979)

The Europeans revisits the usual Merchant Ivory themes, most notably, culture clashes and individual desires to 'connect'.

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2 Sep 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Devil Commands (1941)

Presents a concrete fear of technology blurring the line between life and death.

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