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Thursday, April 3 2003

Assassination Tango (2003)

Even the most generous viewer is hit by the absence of rationales, however bizarre or slender, for the film's plot turns.


All the Real Girls (2002)

Paul has the sort of confidence that afflicts good-looking boys used to getting what he wants.


Friday, March 28 2003

Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika) (2003)

Despite Walter's early warnings, Jettel does not expect Kenya to be all that different from Frankfurt and is therefore profoundly unsettled when she arrives.


Head of State (2003)

As crossover-dreamy as it is, Head of State may just grant him enough industry clout to drag it - the industry -- along with him.


The Core (2003)

Settles quickly into the most mundane of plot and character developments.


Basic (2003)

As its title suggests, John McTiernan's new action-thriller, 'Basic' is not very new.


Tuesday, March 25 2003

The Guyver—Bio-Booster Armor, Vols. 1 & 2 (1989/1991)

There is a kind of biological dread at work in this ambivalence, a fear of viral contamination and uncontrollable, anarchic cellular proliferation.


Thursday, March 20 2003

View From the Top (2003)

View From the Top's Donna (Gwyneth Paltrow) and her boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo) are certainly nice, but not interesting enough to rescue a plot this stale.


Morvern Callar (2002)

Morvern is a puzzle the film picks at but never quite solves, the focus of its probing but also respectful attention.


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.


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