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Thursday, October 23 2003

Scary Movie 3 (2003)

Just when you thought the Scary Movie franchise had run out of ideas, here it comes again -- looking like it's run out of ideas.


Radio (2003)

The white father-black son relationship is initiated by the white man's need for redemption.


Pieces of April (2003)

And April sits in the window frame, hair damp, contemplating the disaster she expects her day to become.


Carnages (2002)

Carnages' denizens spin into each other's orbits and offer the prospect of communion and regeneration.


Beyond Borders (2003)

The scene inspires Sarah to do a right thing, that is, leave her comfy urban environs for the deserts of Ethiopia.


Thursday, October 16 2003

Wonderland (2003)

There's no truth in this true crime, only the fictions that sustain 'Hollywood'.


Veronica Guerin (2003)

Such moments illustrate Veronica's earnest incentive while undermining her hard work with crazily implausible coincidences.


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

One by one, the kids wander inside the Terrible Place, and all but one can't escape.


Thursday, October 9 2003

Mystic River (2003)

While the film doesn't elucidate Jimmy's own violent past, it is clear that he hasn't had misgivings until now.


Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

This is a movie about bodies, about what hurts them on screen and in viewing spaces.


In This World (2002)

Attempting to put a human face on the refugee crisis, Winterbottom puts a premium on legibility.


Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

The Coen brothers' latest venture is a rat-a-tat romantic comedy of the Preston Sturges persuasion, at least for its first hour or so.


Thursday, October 2 2003

The School of Rock (2003)

A welcome reminder that studio comedies need not be shoddy, dumbed down, vulgar, and impersonal, the movie is unimaginable without Jack Black.


Out of Time (2003)

The fact that Matt is a black man only makes these several lines of pursuit more complicated and more resonant.


Duplex (2003)

Mrs. Connelly's revenge is strange, but in the current political environment, as seniors are ignored, abused, and repressed, also rather sweet.


Thursday, September 25 2003

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

She's yearning for love, or independence, or a lasting exit from the States, where melancholy memories surround her.


The Rundown (2003)

The Rock doesn't want to hurt 'em, but he just can't help it.


Bubba Ho-Tep (2003)

Bubba Ho-Tep has everything one might expect from a movie directed by Don Coscarelli (the Phastasm series) and starring Bruce Campbell.


Anything Else (2003)

The idea of Woody Allen teaching high school English is a funny idea, and Anything Else leaves it at that: a funny idea.


Thursday, September 18 2003

Underworld (2003)

The primary point is the look -- the drenching rain, the blazing gunfire, the catsuit.


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