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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Vera Drake (2004)

The war has disturbed all of their lives intensely, and if they don't quite have the words to express their trauma, they do have a sense of shared experience.

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Vodka Lemon (2004)

In an image evoking both Chagall and Kaurismaki, Hamo and Nina find, if not hope exactly, some acceptance and joy.

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Sideways (2004)

Always a resourceful, thoughtful performer, Virginia Madsen almost offsets Sideways' overriding, occasionally prosaic interest in the boys' journey.

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Machinist (2004)

The Machinist digs so deeply into its protagonist's mind that it's difficult to see a way out.

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Head in the Clouds (2004)

Gilda fits right in: whether she appears to be alternately vacuous and misunderstood, she's stunningly one-dimensional.

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Grudge (2004)

Karen's quintessential 'American' identity -- blond, do-gooding, intrepid -- makes her sense of dislocation especially acute.

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Team America: World Police (2004)

The much-ballyhooed parody of Jerry Bruckheimer-style action pictures is aptly violent, delirious, and outsized (in its miniature-puppet way).

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15 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Shall We Dance? (2004)

Paulina is not only gorgeous, athletic, and lithe, she's also in need of solace.

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15 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Primer (2004)

Even in sparse, low-budgeted, minimalism, time travel brings problems of causality, embodiedness, and ethics.

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15 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Bright Young Things (2004)

Stephen Fry can't throw us any curveballs because he's got to stick close to Waugh, so he subjects us to formulaic depravity for three-quarters of the film, with minor variations.

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8 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Yes Men (2004)

The Yes Men (sometimes also known as Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) engage in prankster-style direct activism, revealing the illogical and hypocritical practices of institutions that habitually 'put profits ahead of everything else'.

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8 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Take (2004) - PopMatters Film Review
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In our imperfect world, the role of political leaders remains decisive.

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8 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Taxi (2004)

Belle is set up to work against stereotypes: athletic, aggressive, mechanically inclined, she's a black woman NASCAR fan.

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8 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Rick (2003)

Seventeen years after Oliver Stone's Wall Street, suggesting that capitalism is corrosive to the soul is old hat.

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Friday Night Lights (2004)

It's mostly about how football -- in this place, at this time -- overwhelms its adherents, apparently giving them something to live for but also sucking their lives from them.

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1 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Shark Tale (2004)

Oscar aspires to fame, wealth, and dates with beautiful women-fish.

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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

During his youth, Ernesto Guevara was inquisitive, a gentle medical student in search of understanding and full of empathy.

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1 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Last Life in the Universe (2003)

The soothing, rhythmic drone of language instruction tapes -- speech out of context -- becomes a symbolic soundtrack for Noi and Kenji's relationship.

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1 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Ladder 49 (2004)

Sentimental and surprisingly uncomplicated, Ladder 49 seems a disservice to the very folks it wants to extol.

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1 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

Albert is again faced with basic questions: Are we really 'all connected'? How can 'everything be the same even if it's different'?"

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