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Wednesday, May 14 2003

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Morpheus is a stanch warrior and provocative thinker, as well as a black man in a world where the machines' agents tend to be white men in suits.


Monday, May 12 2003

Shadow Boxers (1999)

Brings this talent, laboring in obscurity, to light.


Thursday, May 8 2003

xx/xy (2003)

Coles isn't so much a boy as he is his idea of a boy.


The Shape of Things (2003)

This version of Neil LaBute's ongoing project is crisp and aggressive, occasionally alienating or annoying, that is, effectively unlike other movies.


Lilya 4-Ever (Lilja 4-ever) (2002)

Lilya's fascination with Britney Spears takes on sinister overtones when one of her customers forces her to act and dress like a naughty schoolgirl.


Daddy Day Care (2003)

Too many scenes (and far too many montages) seem in slow motion, even though they involve kids moving at something approximating warp-speed.


Charlotte Sometimes (2002)

The cool tones of 'Charlotte Sometimes' suggest the characters' detachment, from themselves and one another.


City of Ghosts (2002)

A strangely moralistic romance, premised on his relationship with the setting, Cambodia.


Monday, May 5 2003

The Man From Elysian Fields (2001)

Despite much swirling and swooping of the camera, it winds up looking like a moderately well directed TV movie.


The Mystery of Picasso (Le Mystère Picasso) (1956)

Clouzot seeks to uncover nothing less than the 'mystery,' not merely of Picasso's process of painting, but of artistic production itself.


It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955)

The mind of man had thought of everything -- except that which was beyond his comprehension!"


Frazetta: Painting with Fire (2003)

Lance Laspina's film gives long overdue props to an artist whose influence reaches farther than most of his more 'mainstream' contemporaries ever will.


Thursday, May 1 2003

X2: X-Men United (2003)

At once all powerful and utterly powerless, this involuntary terrorist is the first mutant you meet in X2.


Soulsville (2003)

Director Bob Sarles has an aficionado's affection for these musicians, and he lets them speak and sing and play for themselves.


The Real Cancún (2003) - PopMatters Film Review )

There are a few laughs at the expense of some of the more enthusiastically foolish men, but for the most part, the film is weirdly free of irony.


The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

'Goodbye Lizzie McGuire, hello Fabulous!' Lizzie exults, as if there's a difference between the two.


Monday, April 28 2003

The Dark Side of the Heart (El Lado Oscuro del Corazón) (1992)

Here Death is Oliverio's sparring partner, a sardonic harridan who trades barbs with him like an existentialist Alice Kramden.


Big Shot’s Funeral (Da Wan) (2001)

A sprawling modern day fable where East meets West on a movie set.


Thursday, April 24 2003

Raising Victor Vargas (2003)

At once affectless and affecting, 'Raising Victor Vargas' is remarkably self-possessed for a first-time feature.


The Man Without a Past (2002)

[It's] about tragedy, specifically, its purifying powers.


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