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10 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

More evocative of Fred Astaire than James Bond, John's killer athleticism reflects a general quickness of mind.

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High Tension (Haute Tension) (2003)

Marie never comes to understand her part in the violence of looking, the violation it represents.

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The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005)

Robert Rodriguez is at his enfant terrible game again, for the second time this year.

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

If its resolutions are at times too neat, the movie can also be refreshing, allowing the girls to be confused, perceptive, foolish, mad, and generous.

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3 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Rock School (2004)

Self-loving and foul-mouthed, Paul Green is the ideal star of his own show.

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3 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Lords of Dogtown (2005)

The most thrilling moments in Lords of Dogtown involve skateboard wheels.

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3 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Cinderella Man

Whether sad, frustrated, or even thinking about losing his temper, Jim is never less than stalwart.

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28 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Saving Face (2005)

The center of Alice Wu's debut film, Saving Face, Wil is both driven and dutiful.

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28 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Madagascar (2005)

What could be better -- you have four legs, all kinds of energy, and all the room in the world?"

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28 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Longest Yard (2005)

Sandler is resolutely unriled, whether abused by guards, the warden, or his own teammates, which makes him a decidedly peculiar action comedy hero.

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28 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Layer Cake (2004)

The hero of Layer Cake has no name. This matters less than you might think.

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28 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Eros (2004)

Wong Kar-Wai's section follows Miss Hua (Gong Li in some of the most gorgeous dresses ever photographed), a sultry but also wistful Hong Kong call girl.

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20 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

3-Iron (Bin-jip) (2004)

The oddly mystical, utterly material film opens with a set of images and sounds almost too close to identify.

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Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) - PopMatters Film Review
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Mad Hot Ballroom doesn't cover up the difficulties of losing, even when showing the exultation of winning.

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20 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling are classic tragic characters: incredibly intelligent men felled by their own hubris.

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20 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Beautiful Boxer (2004)

The fight scenes are engrossing, drawing attention to a broader exploration of the friction between two gender ideals.

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

For all its lavish effects, Sith's primary purpose is to showcase Anakin's dilemma.

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13 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Unleashed (2005)

At once ferocious and delicate, brilliantly choreographed by Yuen Wo-Ping, the fights are like dance numbers.

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13 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Mindhunters (2005)

In Mindhunters, the relationship between realness and not is especially fraught.

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13 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Monster-In-Law (2005)

Though the pathologies Fonda and Lopez embody tend to be framed as individual, they are symptomatic and well rewarded.

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