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10 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Cellular (2004)

Cellular is so corny it's even behind its own time.

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SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)

Today's so-called 'family entertainment' will go to pathetic exploitative depths to make a buck.

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27 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Orwell Rolls in His Grave (2003)

To lack political power -- as Robert Kane Pappas submits the American people at large do, living in a post-democratic society where the media function in collusion with government -- is also to lack the ability to prove.

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27 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Mean Creek (2003)

The crisis doesn't produce good and bad behaviors, so much as it challenges such moralistic definitions, exploring the pressures that lead to kids' seeming deviance.

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27 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Hero (2002)

Had it been released five years ago, Hero's point might have seemed anachronistic, but today, it's hard to ignore its resonance with world events.

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Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

Father Merrin, action hero. Who could have imagined it?"

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Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)

There's some odd cosmic poetry in the fact that Dwight Little, director of Anacondas, also directed Free Willy 2.

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27 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Alien vs. Predator (2004)

King of the video game movies, director Paul W.S. Anderson continues to meet and resist expectations with his latest, Alien vs. Predator.

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We Don’t Live Here Anymore (2004)

We Don't Live Here Anymore gives weight, indirectly, to the kids' belief that their parents form a unit.

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13 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Stander (2003)

Stander's keenest challenges are directed at action movie conventions, and more generally, the construction of pop cultural heroes.

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The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

Even as it so loudly declares its interest in girls' independence, thoughtfulness, and generosity, Royal Engagement is disappointingly derivative, slapdash, and small-minded.

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13 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Open Water (2004)

Open Water makes cagey use of a gimmick, namely, a young couple plopped down in an endless sea, where they confront one another, themselves, and sharks.

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5 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Village (2004)

Noah is so wrapped up in his own emotions that he seems, at first, the most literal embodiment of the film's critique of a post-9/11 American isolationism.

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5 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Little Black Book (2004)

A movie where Carly Simon serves as guiding light can't be all bad.

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5 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Code 46 (2004)

William's seeming gift of empathy is a deception: anyone could do his job, if properly infected.

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5 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Collateral (2004)

Michael Mann's new film shows what anyone who's paid attention to Jamie Foxx has known for some time: he is excellent.

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30 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

Thunderbirds (2004)

The only possible reason I can see for this screen version is the marketing opportunities embodied by the Thunderbirds themselves and their 'super-advanced technology' ships and gadgets.

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30 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

She Hate Me (2004)

Spike Lee's She Hate Me begins with money.

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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

The Manchurian Candidate draws a line between the corporation and the government, sustaining a hope that the U.S. system might be salvaged by an honestly free election.

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30 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

Harold and Kumar isn't pushing a political polemic, yet it still manages to be an odd achievement.

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