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Thursday, March 20 2003

Dreamcatcher (2003)

One thing you can say about 'Dreamcatcher': you can't really say one thing about it.


Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

The girls in 'Bend It Like Beckham' have grown up crossing cultural borders on a daily basis, and see such negotiations as nothing special.


Thursday, March 13 2003

Willard (2003)

Crispin Glover is Willard's best special effect.


Open Hearts (Elsker Dig For Evigt) (2002)

Distinguishes itself with its fondness for its characters -- hardly a trademark of the Dogme movement.


Irréversible (2002)

Gaspar Noé's Irréversible comes at you hard.


He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (À la folie… pas du tout) (2002)

Audrey Tautou floats through 'He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not' in a world of her own, embodying a kind of chill that serves the film well.


The Hunted (2003)

Benicio Del Toro looks appropriately haunted in The Hunted.


Bolivia (2001)

Adrián Caetano uses a lack of financing to his benefit; he keeps his camera on the action, and he keeps the action moving.


Agent Cody Banks (2003)

Cody Banks' first assignment is to 'get close' to a popular girl whose scientist father is involved with a nanotechnology-based plot to, like, destroy the world and stuff.


Saturday, March 8 2003

Tears of the Sun (2003)

To its credit, Tears of the Sun's action here is somber rather than thrilling; you can root for the SEALs, but the toll on them is visible.


The Safety of Objects (2003)

For Esther (Glenn Close), Paul's coma makes him safe to love: he'll never leave her, never get in trouble worse than what he's in now.


Bringing Down the House (2003)

It's like an episode of Bewitched, only longer, and with a feisty black woman instead of a white witch.


Friday, February 28 2003

Spider (2002)

It's creepy inside Spider's head.


Old School (2003)

Peddling the same jokes and ideas as countless other undistinguished 'Animal House' wannabes, 'Old School' is too dutiful for its own good.


Lawless Heart (2001)

Like the emotions it examines, 'Lawless Heart' is full of conflict and confusion.


Kedma (2002)

The many storytelling scenes show the limitations of words to reflect the refugees' horror and sorrow.


Gods and Generals (2002)

Avoids examining the underlying cause of the Civil War -- the South's terror of abolition -- and instead remembers the Confederacy as a noble army defending its 'homeland'.


Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

Deemed 'The Next Tom Cruise' by 'GQ' magazine, the prolific, asthmatic, and charismatic Dark Man X continues to power his way into the movies.


Blind Spot: Hitler’s Secretary (2002)

'Amen', like 'Blind Spot', considers atrocity by examining the real burden of abiding with it long after the fact.


Thursday, February 20 2003

The Life of David Gale (2003)

Only Clint Eastwood could have cooked up a more dramatic climax to an innocent-man-on-death-row plot, which he did, in True Crime.


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