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Thursday, December 5 2002

Analyze That (2002)

To endure Analyze That requires not just suspension of disbelief, but suspension of neurological activity as well.


Friday, November 29 2002

Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

Paul Justman's 'Standing in the Shadows of Motown' aims to recover the Funk Brothers' legacy.


Solaris (2002)

The liveliest moments in Steven Soderbergh's Solaris belong to Jeremy Davies' hands.


Half Past Dead (2002)

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


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

The cruelest of Malfoy's bigotries is directed against lovely, diligent Hermoine.


Friday After Next (2002)

'I look at myself and the movies I do as a brand,' Ice Cube tells 'Variety'.


Far From Heaven (2002)

For Haynes, much of this surface is simultaneously supple and precise, 'girly-swirly,' as he terms it.


The Emperor’s Club (2002)

Never acknowledges that the moral order in the United States has always been a fiction.


Die Another Day (2002)

Bond's issues have to do with self-identity.


Ararat (2002)

As usual in Egoyan's films, tangled familial relationships inspire chaos and meanness as much as understanding and benevolence.


Thursday, November 7 2002

Real Women Have Curves (2002)

Mature and self-confident, Ana rejects traditional notions of a woman's worth.


Femme Fatale (2002)

Rebecca Romijn-Stamos' central function is looking great and so, confounding various men around her.


Far From Heaven (2002)

Just beneath this conservative façade lies a complicated and progressive commentary on the present that Todd Haynes leaves to the viewer to interpret.


8 Mile (2002)

Such fictionalizing ensures Eminem's lovability, across all categories.


Biggie and Tupac (2002)

Biggie and Tupac is best when it's not making assertions (most of which are not new and most of which are going to be tedious to anyone who's read anything about the cases in the past).


Sunday, November 3 2002

Tabu (1931)

Call it Paul Gaughin's Romeo and Juliet.


Thursday, October 31 2002

The Truth About Charlie (2002)

It conjures a perverse and giddy grace.


The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

Given that it's a generically family/holiday film, The Santa Clause 2 has nothing new to say about anything.


Russian Ark (Russkij kovcheg) (2002)

The film's high-tech artistic fantasies elide completely the historical roots and contemporary realities of global capitalism and terrorism.


I Spy (2002)

The basic opposition between sheepish Alex and suave Kelly sets up a series of trivial conflicts, some less tedious than others.


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