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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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Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (2004)

While Going Upriver is another pro-Kerry documentary, it is also, more importantly, a record of the VVAW's arduous, impassioned work during that difficult time.

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1 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Dig! (2004)

The film is less effective at conveying the genius of Anton Newcombe than the madness, possibly because the latter only requires a camera and Anton himself.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

What the #$*! Do We Know? (2004)

Cultural creatives share a worldview shaped by the social movements of the 1960s.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Casting Bill Nighy as a zombie -- or more accurately, a zombie to be -- may not be precisely innovative, but it's clever and wholly enjoyable.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

By subtly subverting our assumptions about the opposition of nature and technology, Oshii suggests that the two may not be so different after all.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Forgotten (2004)

In The Forgotten, the ethical terms are laid out: it's good to remember, fervently, and it's weak and bad to forget.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

First Daughter (2004)

These 'times' are somehow exponentially more dangerous, but no one refers to 9/11 or the Bush administration, apparently erased in this alternate non-reality.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

A Dirty Shame (2004)

While such a fantastic love-love-love, all-pleasure-all-the-time scenario hardly seems likely in our near future, A Dirty Shame remains hopeful and even sweet.

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Zhou Yu’s Train (Zhou Yu de huo che) (2002)

Li Gong embodies a yearning that is simultaneously timeless and frozen in time, delicate and determined, vibrant and unbearable.

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17 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Wimbledon (2004)

Theirs is an altogether formulaic affair -- complete with wishing on comets, lolling by fountains, running from paparazzi.

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17 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Virgin (2003)

Jessie's belief that she might be special, chosen for this important role, changes her.

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17 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Silver City (2004)

It's easy to make assumptions about a political candidate named Dickie Pilager.

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

If the glorious surprise offered up by The Wizard of Oz was its depiction of a world beyond any material reality, the agreeable gimmick of Sky Captain is its imitation of what's come before.

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Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Back for another go-round with the Umbrella Corporation, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is leaner and lots meaner.

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