Reviews > Film

17 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Bulletproof Monk (2003)

Has a couple of ideas rattling around in its head, ideas that are -- or could be -- strangely relevant.

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11 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

What a Girl Wants (2003)

Daphne is cooler, thinner, and just plain hotter than her secretly envious rivals.

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11 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Spun (2002)

Boasting that it includes more than 5,000 edits, Jonas Åkerlund's feature debut offers glimpses -- very fast -- into life on speed.

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11 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Better Luck Tomorrow (2003)

'It is not 'just' a movie. What hinges on this release is so much larger than the film itself.'"

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11 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Anger Management (2003)

Dave (Adam Sandler) grumbles okay, to everything, his face reorganized into a permanent twist.

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7 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Pépé Le Moko (1937)

Jean Gabin compels our attention as much through stillness as through visible exertion.

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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

Carpenter refuses to reduce the violence to a sideshow of blood squibs or special effects pyrotechnics.

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3 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Phone Booth (2002)

A function of increasing anxieties about security, surveillance technology, and loss of privacy, this sniper is symptomatic.

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3 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

A Man Apart (2002)

It's sad that the wife is dead, of course. More painful is the death scene per se, as Vin Diesel has to play something approximating tragedy.

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3 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

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.

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3 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

All the Real Girls (2002)

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

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28 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

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.

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28 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

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.

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28 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Core (2003)

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

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28 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Basic (2003)

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

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25 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

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.

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20 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

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.

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20 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Morvern Callar (2002)

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

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20 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

Dreamcatcher (2003)

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

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20 Mar 2003 // 12:00 AM

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.

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