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28 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Nevada Smith (1966)

Walking away from violence, especially in a film set in the violent old West, delivers a powerful message.

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My Life As a Dog (Mitt liv som hund) (1985)

The best tales about growing up incorporate the anxieties of childhood.

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28 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Antwone Fisher (2002)

'I wasn't concerned with whether or not the audience liked Antwone at first.'"

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28 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Adaptation

Careens between fiction and confession, repetition and revelation.

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12 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Psych-Out / The Trip (1967/1968)

In Haight-Ashbury, Jenny's only clue to her lost brother's whereabouts is a postcard that reads, 'God is alive and well in a sugar cube.'"

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12 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Lockdown (2000)

The trouble that accompanies them is not of their own making -- it's a function of being young, black, 'in the wrong place' by definition.

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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum) (1975)

Oddly, the film's attack on bourgeois morality is itself a form of bourgeois morality.

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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

It is, quite simply, the Hollywood Western in full flower, with all the nostalgia and sins of commission and omission that that implies.

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5 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Drumline (2002)

Throughout his smart and entertaining commentary for Fox's DVD release, Charles Stone III underscores not only his intentions, but also his full-on affection for his subjects.

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28 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Troop Beverly Hills (1989)

So self-indulgent, so over the top, so gay. We loved it.

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Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy (2002)

'They see a schlub like me get lucky,' Ron Jeremy explains. 'There's hope for everyone else.'"

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28 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Darkness Falls (2003)

Sets a new bar for lack of logic.

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28 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Biggie & Tupac (2002)

This is Broomfield's great insight, worth repeating in all his films: truth is messy and unstable, truth is self-serving.

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14 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Living in Oblivion (1995)

Living in Oblivion's fine cast works together like a dream.

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14 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Gang Tapes (2002)

The majority of Gang Tapes is framed through Kris' camera; it is his eye -- and ours -- on his world.

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14 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Eighteenth Angel (1997)

And with that, the film's innocence-versus-evil course is set.

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The Cook and Other Treasures (2003)

Both films showcase Fatty Arbuckle's talents for physical comedy.

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7 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Paid in Full (2002)

It's not a standard issue dealer movie, featuring strong performances, a shrewd narrative structure, and subtle, smart resistance to stereotypes.

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

The film is full of perfectly executed scenes.

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2 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Maid in Manhattan (2002)

Jennifer Lopez has made a lucrative habit of reprising her story in most of her fictional incarnations.

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