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22 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Touching the Void (2003)

Each climber can come to terms with 'what happened,' but neither can know the entire truth of it.

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22 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Japanese Story (2003)

Like the striking landscape where it is filmed, Japanese Story is unpredictable, hard-edged, and strangely beautiful.

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22 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Company (2003)

Evocations of life's uncertainty -- an Altman specialty -- simultaneously expose the obstacles the ballet company must overcome in order to mount a production.

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22 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan is hooked on revising his past until he gets it right (not an unlikely metaphor for scriptwriting).

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15 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Torque (2004)

Along with Will Yun Lee, Jay Hernandez provides bookends of street-cred color for pretty white star Martin Henderson.

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15 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

It's a yuletide tale with all the trimmings: a trinity of homeless people, an infant foundling, the glittering lights of a snowy metropolis, Tokyo-cum-Bethlehem.

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15 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Osama (2003)

The first film to be made in Afghanistan since the reported removal of the Taliban, Siddiq Barmak's Osama concerns the regime's many offenses.

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15 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

My Baby’s Daddy (2004)

The high concept of My Baby's Daddy has three men and three babies trading reaction shots.

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15 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Along Came Polly (2004)

Though plainly Ben Stiller's vehicle, Along Came Polly features an endearing, oddly delicate performance by Jennifer Aniston.

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8 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Paycheck (2003)

Michael (Ben Affleck) doesn't set out to control anything: he just wants to get paid.

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8 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Power Trip (2003)

The real villain, as Power Trip portrays it, is the corrupt Georgian government, led at the time by Eduard Shevardnadze.

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8 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Monster (2003)

Aileen is a terrifying specter, precisely because she's neither only a victim nor only monstrous. As Theron plays her, she swaggers and rationalizes, trusts and fumes.

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8 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Nothing drains the life from great art like a well-intentioned attempt to explain away its mysteries.

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Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

The actors are left with little to do but hustle from scene to scene: pratfall, pathos, hug, repeat.

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8 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Chasing Liberty (2004)

Chasing Liberty is another vehicle made to fit Mandy Moore's development as an artist.

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8 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

Big Fish (2003)

Edward is less obviously an outsider than Burton's other Edwards (Scissorhands and Wood), but equally filled with a winning sense of wonder.

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23 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Cold Mountain (2003)

The first scene in Cold Mountain is sensational and sickening, an apt introduction to what will be a Civil War saga.

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18 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Stuck on You (2003)

Draggy as its comedy can be, Stuck on You's humanity is always sprightly and engaging.

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18 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine has her hands full, even aside from looking for romance (though this happens too, as this is, after all, a Julia Roberts movie).

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

No in-betweeners in this reductive view of the world: characters and choices are good or evil.

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