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Wednesday, April 2 2003

Maid in Manhattan (2002)

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


The Killers (1946)

The line between victims and violators is almost erased, now that playing by the rules seems little more than an antiquated affectation.


Entertainer’s Basketball Classic at Rucker Park: The Second Season (2003)

The players at Rucker Park feel like 'superheroes,' and they've got the nicknames and convention-defying games to prove it.


The Awful Truth (1937)

Never sappy, The Awful Truth is at once light on its feet and grounded at heart.


Tuesday, March 25 2003

You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

Reveals the liberation offered by non-alienating work and examines the matrices between class and gender, as few other films do.


In a Lonely Place (1950)

Put simply, the eyes cannot be trusted, not in film noir generally, and especially not in In a Lonely Place.


I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

The wealth of detail about gay life at the time and the often adverse public perception of homosexual behavior ensures Victim's lasting fascination as a social document.


Gloria (1980)

Cassavetes himself was not happy with his script.


Tuesday, March 18 2003

Once Upon a Time (1944)

On its surface a classic fairytale, it can also be read as commentary on Hollywood's role in wartime America.


Making the Misfits (2001)

There's a cautionary tale in the notion that life sometimes imitates art enough to destroy both, and this piece might have striven harder to assess which is the greater American tragedy.


Joe and Max (2002)

Meditates on the space these celebrity athletes occupied for their respective societies, serving as reluctant folk heroes and symbols for their nations.


Half Past Dead (2002)

Ja is partnered with Steven Seagal, the fading action/martial arts star who not only refuses to go away.


Ciao! Manhattan (1972)

Sedgwick was one of the Tragic Muses, those women who did not so much make things happen as stand still and allow things to happen to them.


Auto Focus (2002)

'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.


Friday, February 28 2003

Tommy (1975)

The Who's rock opera Tommy still rocks.


Not of This World (Fuori dal mondo) (1999)

Giuseppe Piccioni is no cynic (or he pretends not to be), but he does have a healthy respect for the many ways in which people fail to come together.


Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)

For all the violence, Heavy Metal 2000's sexual iconography remains its major attraction, and that is mostly because it is everywhere.


Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) (1964)

It is about kids played by adults, a comedy, a tragedy, a buddy movie, a heist picture, a romance, an exercise in style, and a paean to B-movies and American gangster films.


American Psycho 2: All American Girl (2002)

When the greatest compliment that can be paid a film is 'Shatner was good,' you know you're looking at a new depth of badness in contemporary cinema.


Thursday, January 30 2003

It All Starts Today (Ca Commence Aujourd’hui) (2000)

So physically vigorous is It All Starts Today that at times, it resembles an action picture staged before blackboards and on playgrounds.


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