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8 Jan 2004 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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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House of Sand and Fog (2003)

Property is at the center of House of Sand and Fog.

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18 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

Calendar Girls (2003)

A roll call of Britain's prime acting talent renders this movie watchable but cannot lift it beyond the forgettable.

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11 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

21 Grams (2003)

In 21 Grams, the fragmentation is pronounced, chaotic to the point of mathematical precision.

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Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

Overstays its welcome, yes, but worse, it pretends like it's news when it isn't.

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11 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Statement (2003)

The Statement is a rarity: a serious, politically-minded thriller.

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Love Don’t Cost a Thing (2003)

The predominant image that emerges from Troy Beyers' Love Don't Cost a Thing is Steve Harvey's teeth.

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11 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Cooler (2003)

The Cooler is interested in the nature of luck, be it a product of destiny or psychology.

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4 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

Timeline (2003)

Based on Michael Crichton's novel, Richard Donner's movie features a creaky father-son reconciliation story framed by a bizarre collision of Sci-Fi and Medieval Tymes.

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The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

Sylvain Chomet's first feature is a doggedly strange, if effortlessly whimsical, movie that fuses vaguely recognizable elements to form an exceedingly alien universe.

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4 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

My Architect (2003)

In a sense, his father's buildings are Nathaniel's villains, monuments to his father's priorities.

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4 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Last Samurai (2003)

It's a grand vehicle, with horses, martial arts, and vast armies, not to mention Tom Cruise's shiny shoulder-length hair flowing just right.

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4 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

In America (2003)

Everything in In America turns magical once Mateo appears.

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