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Thursday, October 9 2003

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

This is a movie about bodies, about what hurts them on screen and in viewing spaces.


In This World (2002)

Attempting to put a human face on the refugee crisis, Winterbottom puts a premium on legibility.


Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

The Coen brothers' latest venture is a rat-a-tat romantic comedy of the Preston Sturges persuasion, at least for its first hour or so.


Thursday, October 2 2003

The School of Rock (2003)

A welcome reminder that studio comedies need not be shoddy, dumbed down, vulgar, and impersonal, the movie is unimaginable without Jack Black.


Out of Time (2003)

The fact that Matt is a black man only makes these several lines of pursuit more complicated and more resonant.


Duplex (2003)

Mrs. Connelly's revenge is strange, but in the current political environment, as seniors are ignored, abused, and repressed, also rather sweet.


Thursday, September 25 2003

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

She's yearning for love, or independence, or a lasting exit from the States, where melancholy memories surround her.


The Rundown (2003)

The Rock doesn't want to hurt 'em, but he just can't help it.


Bubba Ho-Tep (2003)

Bubba Ho-Tep has everything one might expect from a movie directed by Don Coscarelli (the Phastasm series) and starring Bruce Campbell.


Anything Else (2003)

The idea of Woody Allen teaching high school English is a funny idea, and Anything Else leaves it at that: a funny idea.


Thursday, September 18 2003

Underworld (2003)

The primary point is the look -- the drenching rain, the blazing gunfire, the catsuit.


Secondhand Lions (2003)

The phallic imagery of guns as associated with male potency is everywhere in Secondhand Lions.


Party Monster (2003)

Michael Alig's megalomania even reached such epic proportions that he had no qualms about bragging over the murder on camera during the filming of the original Party Monster documentary.


The Fighting Temptations (2003)

Having demonstrated conclusively that she's a whole lotta woman in Goldmember, Beyoncé Knowles now shows another side.


Thursday, September 11 2003

Rana’s Wedding (2002)

The movie's power lies in its portrayal of the relentless ingenuity by which the inhabitants of the West Bank subvert the political 'realities' of Israeli military government.


The Order (2003)

'We're the Catholic Pete, Linc, and Julie.'"


Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

'Are you a Mexican or a Mexi-cant!?'.


Matchstick Men (2003)

The distinctive thunk-thunk-thunk of Angela's skateboard punctuates his first look at her from behind his smoke-clouded windshield.


Lost in Translation (2003)

. . . about seeing and not seeing at the same time, a series of incredibly precise, meticulous images of faces and hands and doorframes.


Cabin Fever (2002)

Little do they know the trauma they will endure, and the complete disintegration it will wreak on their group.


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