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5 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Broken Flowers (2005)

A sort of minimalist male melodrama, Broken Flowers tracks a journey through regret and hope.

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4 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Downfall (2004)

Eva and Hitler kill themselves off-screen, the precise steps they took unseen because, the director says, 'the worst thing that could happen to this most horrible person of history is that he become a myth'.

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29 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Warrior (2001)

As efficient as he has been over his long and fearful career, Lafcadia's will to change comes on him with a rush.

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29 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Sky High (2005)

This cartoony coming out story soon gives way to a cartoony straightening out story.

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29 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Stealth (2005)

Kara's a lovely, leggy, perfectly made-up figure whose primary purpose is to provide moral framing for the boys' brilliant strikes and calculations.

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29 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

9 Songs (2005)

9 Songs knows the limits of its material, and doesn't test them.

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29 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Must Love Dogs (2005)

This family thing is looking rather grim now, as if it's about to swallow the rest of the movie whole.

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29 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Girl from Monday (2004)

In the film's America, the government has been replaced by an advertising firm.

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29 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

The movie evokes no clear reaction to its violence -- no fear, no pity, no outrage -- because we don't identify with anyone on screen.

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The Beautiful Country (2004)

Here, as elsewhere, the film shows Binh's experience in lyrical, subtle, often extraordinary imagery.

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22 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

A Decent Factory (2005) - PopMatters Film Review
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The documentary about cell phone company Nokia assumes its 'revelations' will dovetail with our preconceived notions.

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21 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Island (2005)

Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson run around in an efficiently digitized near-future scary-scape, occasionally propelled by ethical questions about cloning.

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21 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Like most any pimp and smalltime dealer (at least those in the movies), DJay thinks he's got it down.

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21 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Bad News Bears (2005)

Morris Buttermaker's (Billy Bob Thornton) efforts to 'get down' with his token black player lead to slogany appreciation for the struggle ('Don't trust whitey') and the requisite 'the shizzle'.

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15 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Wedding Crashers (2005)

Usually, a little Vaughn goes a long way, but here he serves as welcome respite from Wilson's cloying romantic lead.

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Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (2004)

Jim White acts as tour guide in this film addressing the 'Southern obsession with the dichotomy between the sacred and the profane.'

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15 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Murderball (2005)

In the rowdy and inspiring Murderball, Mark Zupan is, quite frankly, mesmerizing.

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15 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Happy Endings (2005)

Happy Endings begins with what seems quite an unhappy ending, when Mamie (Lisa Kudrow) is hit by a car.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

This being a Tim Burton film, the celebration of childish pleasures is not simply joyous, but tweaked.

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15 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Café Lumiere (2003)

Café Lumiere recreates Japan's lush colors and busy depths, but doesn't imbue them with any universal meaning.

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