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20 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Dark Blue (2003)

This is a scary city, where scary figures hang out on scary corners and slouch with scary insouciance. No wonder the cops are tense.

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13 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Quiet American (2002)

That the U.S. imagines itself in the position to take unilateral decisions that affect the rest of the world is as much a function of the nation's founding myths (all that 'city on a hill' business, represented in Pyle's notion that he can save Phuong) as it is its economic might (Pyle's knowledge that he can support Phuong).

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The Other Network - PopMatters Film Review
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Driven by instant gratification and a bottom line ethos, the networks have all but abandoned the cause of great TV comedy.

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13 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Lockdown (2000)

Takes its political and ethical subjects seriously.

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13 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Lost in La Mancha (2002)

Even in the midst of chaos and catastrophe, Gilliam's drive to create fantastic worlds can be as damning, and as appealing, as Quixote's.

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The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm (2000/2002)

Radioactive poison is a legacy of laissez-faire capitalism's most guilty indulgence.

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13 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Guru (2002)

Offers a cagey take on cultural influences and intersections.

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13 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Daredevil (2003)

The good news is that Johnson's Daredevil follows Marvel's disability politics.

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13 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Deliver Us From Eva (2003)

In the she's-such-a-bitch scenes, Gabrielle Union reveals a completely wonderful comic timing.

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6 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Tully (2002)

Locating its story of familial disquiet in the locus of the American myth, Tully doesn't quite go so far as to debunk the idealized heartland.

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6 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Shanghai Ghetto (2002)

A potentially prosaic documentary manages fresh insight.

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6 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Shanghai Knights (2003)

Its self-conscious use of the buddy genre's well known predilection for homoerotic/homophobic patterns is cute.

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6 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Max (2002)

Max is less concerned with making Hitler sympathetic, or even very specific, than it is in using him to illustrate a series of ideas.

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6 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2002)

A subtle and reverent look at one of America's most important -- and often forgotten -- filmmakers.

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

She's so cute, he's so cute, everyone's so cute.

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City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002)

Delves into daily traumas and fears, the bleak hierarchies of power, race, and desire that structure life in the projects.

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31 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

Biker Boyz (2003)

Amid all the conventional movie dazzle, Biker Boyz's most important idea is the bike.

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30 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Recruit (2003)

For all its protests to the contrary, in this movie, everything is exactly what it seems.

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30 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

Final Destination 2 (2003)

The casualties are the film's raison d'etre -- the more incredible and creative, the better.

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23 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

To End All Wars (2001)

Explores separate and collective struggles to survive, the prisoners' strengths and weaknesses.

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