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Thursday, June 27 2002

Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002)

This is The City, so often viewed as anonymous and unfriendly, especially in children's programming, at its best.


Friday, June 21 2002

Juwanna Mann (2002)

It's no longer critiquing mainstream expectations, but instead, absorbing and reflecting stereotypes, drained of context.


Thursday, June 20 2002

Minority Report (2002)

Based on a story published by Philip K. Dick in 1956, 'Minority Report' is science-fiction of the sort that Dick preferred to write -- set in the future, but all wrapped up in concerns that are immediately relevant to the present moment (that the same concerns were relevant back in 1956 is not a little unnerving, as will become clear).


Lilo & Stitch (2002)

Lovably unconventional, Lilo & Stitch have some trouble fitting in with their peer groups -- regular kids in Lilo's case, multi-limbed aliens in Stitch's.


Juwanna Mann (2002)

Like its men-in-drag predecessors, Juwanna Mann doesn't critique gender stereotypes, so much as it uses them to espouse a morality lesson.


The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (2002)

Exotic and universal, The Fast Runner is as engrossing as any thriller, as majestic as any epic.


Thursday, June 13 2002

Windtalkers (2002)

Though it might be argued that Nicolas Cage roaring and contorting in slow motion makes for good action cinema, it's hardly the basis for a thoughtful interrogation of how war works, how it shatters (or otherwise forever changes) participants, and reinforces systemic racism.


Sade (2000)

The Marquis de Sade, dedicated family man.


Scooby Doo (2002)

The main problem here is the script, or the lack thereof.


The Bourne Identity (2002)

The CIA here is an intensely low-down, sinister, and duplicitous organization.


Thursday, June 6 2002

Tart (2001)

Tart is another in a long line of unoriginal attempts to explore one girl's desire to fit in.


Keep Your Right Up! (Soigne Ta Droite!) (1987/2002)

concerned with asserting the significance of art in a world that isn't interested in art.


Bad Company (2002)

PULL.


Friday, May 31 2002

Undercover Brother (2002)

Peppered with Chappellian hilarities (and the man can riff), it is more like Austin Powers than a hard-hitting satire, minus Mike Meyers' mania, plus Lee's deft direction and Griffin's own brand of energy.


Late Marriage (Hatouna Mehuheret) (2001)

A new comedy from Israel, could be funnier in a lot of ways, and more serious in others.


Profit and Nothing But! / A Grin Without a Cat / Diamonds and Rust - PopMatters Film Review )

At their best, documentaries can offer revelatory vistas of neglected worlds. These films offer singular perspectives -- they make journalism and artistic expression seem inextricable.


CQ (2001)

The subject of CQ is Paul, artist, coffee-drinker, American in Paris.


Thursday, May 30 2002

The Sum of All Fears (2002)

Tom Clancy's novels and the movies they spawn have never had much truck with credibility.


Bartleby (2001)

[The office] is a penitentiary for the non-criminal, and a continually witty and dry visual joke.


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