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Friday, November 29 2002

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

The cruelest of Malfoy's bigotries is directed against lovely, diligent Hermoine.


Friday After Next (2002)

'I look at myself and the movies I do as a brand,' Ice Cube tells 'Variety'.


Far From Heaven (2002)

For Haynes, much of this surface is simultaneously supple and precise, 'girly-swirly,' as he terms it.


The Emperor’s Club (2002)

Never acknowledges that the moral order in the United States has always been a fiction.


Die Another Day (2002)

Bond's issues have to do with self-identity.


Ararat (2002)

As usual in Egoyan's films, tangled familial relationships inspire chaos and meanness as much as understanding and benevolence.


Thursday, November 7 2002

Real Women Have Curves (2002)

Mature and self-confident, Ana rejects traditional notions of a woman's worth.


Femme Fatale (2002)

Rebecca Romijn-Stamos' central function is looking great and so, confounding various men around her.


Far From Heaven (2002)

Just beneath this conservative façade lies a complicated and progressive commentary on the present that Todd Haynes leaves to the viewer to interpret.


8 Mile (2002)

Such fictionalizing ensures Eminem's lovability, across all categories.


Biggie and Tupac (2002)

Biggie and Tupac is best when it's not making assertions (most of which are not new and most of which are going to be tedious to anyone who's read anything about the cases in the past).


Sunday, November 3 2002

Tabu (1931)

Call it Paul Gaughin's Romeo and Juliet.


Thursday, October 31 2002

The Truth About Charlie (2002)

It conjures a perverse and giddy grace.


The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

Given that it's a generically family/holiday film, The Santa Clause 2 has nothing new to say about anything.


Russian Ark (Russkij kovcheg) (2002)

The film's high-tech artistic fantasies elide completely the historical roots and contemporary realities of global capitalism and terrorism.


I Spy (2002)

The basic opposition between sheepish Alex and suave Kelly sets up a series of trivial conflicts, some less tedious than others.


The Grey Zone (2002)

This crepuscular work offers the most realistic depiction of the infernal workings of a Nazi death camp ever seen in a fiction film.


Frida (2002)

Julie Taymor's Frida pulses with color.


Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Why are people scared? This question lies at the heart of Michael Moore's filmic essay on gun violence in the United States.


Thursday, October 24 2002

Take Care of My Cat (2002)

If it breaks no new aesthetic or structural ground, 'Take Care of My Cat' is honest and tender, remarkably specific about girls' experiences.


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