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Thursday, August 22 2002

Harvard Man (2001)

Harvard Man's refusal to pass judgment on characters' drug use is troubling.


The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a whole lot of nada.


Thursday, August 15 2002

Songs From the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen) (2002)

Songs From the Second Floor may be blasphemous in its relentless tweaking of Christianity, but it is never less than sincere about its search for divine intercession.


Read My Lips (Sur Mes Lèvres) (2001)

Carla and Paul form an odd couple, slouching towards romance while successfully defending (and defining) their common interests against powerful and dangerous people.


Possession (2002)

While the plot of Possession concerns yearning and fervor, its tone is provocatively detached.


The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) - PopMatters Film Review )

What Robert Evans does, mostly, is him.


Happy Times (Xingfu Shiguang) (2000)

Explores the many costs of 'modern times'.


Blue Crush (2002)

Big fat super-popular boy power movies don't rely on plot, so it probably makes sense that this pulse-pounding girl power movie doesn't either (and like most boy movies, this one is about a stunningly beautiful white protagonist surrounded by a multi-culti crew).


Friday, August 9 2002

XXX (2002)

Xander is a bad ass with a heart of gold.


24 Hour Party People (2001)

Tony Wilson lived for the explosive moment.


Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)

Juni and Carmen's perspective, part convincingly ingenuous and part movie-kid calculated, organizes the film's general view of things.


The Good Girl (2002)

Into Justine's black hole of a routine walks Holden glowering, self-consciously poetic, urgent.


Contract Killer (Sat sau ji wong) (1998)

A diluted reissue of Tung Wai's Hitman.


Blood Work (2002)

PULL.


Thursday, August 1 2002

Signs (2002)

PULL.


Me Without You (2001)

Me Without You is a disquieting and stunningly accurate depiction of female friendship.


Full Frontal (2002)

This self-satisfaction makes Full Frontal's gears grind.


Elling (2001)

Elling doesn't pretend to be more than it is, permitting no great epiphanies and no big-hug endings.


Cuba (1979/2002)

The idea that an individual, like Robin Hood, could stand up for the rights of the oppressed comes across as a pleasant fantasy, worthy of song and legend, but devoid of the means to stand up against state power.


Thursday, July 25 2002

Tadpole (2002)

In assuming Oscar's perspective, the film makes out like everyone is as smitten with him as he is.


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