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Thursday, January 2 2003

The Pianist (2002)

Confronted by one horror after another, Szpilman (Adrien Brody) is a startlingly original film protagonist.


Thursday, December 26 2002

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

Molly, Gracie, and Daisy's journey is mythic as much as it is historical.


Chicago (2002)

Watching Chicago is rather like watching a shot-for-TV music video by a neophyte director projected without thought or re-cutting straight to a movie screen.


Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Steven Spielberg's zippy new film is about the kind of 'truth' that might only be apprehended in its telling.


Thursday, December 19 2002

Two Weeks Notice (2002)

People keep wanting Sandy Bullock to be sweet and feisty like she was in Speed.


The 25th Hour (2002)

The 25th Hour opens with huge, hard-hitting shots of the March 2002 tribute to the Twin Towers, the towers of light.


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

It's useful to remember that, offscreen, both good and bad tend to be tricksy.


Gangs of New York (2002)

Daniel Day-Lewis wears a tall stovepipe hat in Martin Scorsese's long-awaited Gangs of New York.


Antwone Fisher (2002)

This single-mindedness can feel limited; there's obviously more to Antwone's story than the scenes in which he appears.


Friday, December 13 2002

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

As Nemesis amply demonstrates, the franchise is getting quite long in the tooth.


Maid in Manhattan (2002)

This 'ethnic' modification of 'Pretty Woman'-meets-'Working Girl' uses the 'iconic' Lopez strategically.


Intacto (2001)

Max von Sydow paints an empathetic portrait of the terrible consequences of misused power.


Drumline (2002)

Its enthusiasm is hard to resist.


About Schmidt (2002)

The expression on Schmidt's face every time he encounters another crisis does not convey anger, but befuddlement.


Friday, December 6 2002

Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2001)

Each section lingers just a little, as if the characters will have trajectories beyond the minutes you see them.


Adaptation

Careens between fiction and confession, repetition and revelation.


Thursday, December 5 2002

Treasure Planet (2002)

A space opera in touch with its feminine side.


Stealing the Fire (2002)

What is the relevance of individual agency in such vast systems as the Nazi war machine or the post-war global arms trade?"


Extreme Ops (2002)

At first, the girls-gone-wild moment is just about driving the supremely inept boys batty with desire.


Equilibrium (2002)

Hooray for kicking opponents' heads in, fancy wirework, and twirling black topcoats.


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