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4 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Boogeyman (2005)

Tim's flashbacks ram through his consciousness and onto the movie screen with a sort of car-crash effect.

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William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (2004)

Jessica is alone, contemplative, and distressed.

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28 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hide and Seek (2005)

Dakota Fanning seems alternately to be channeling Beetlejuice-era Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci's Wednesday Addams.

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21 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

A Talking Picture (2003)

A Talking Picture is marked lamentably by self-congratulation, cultural pretension, and Islamophobia.

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The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

With remote in hand, monitor glare on his face, Sam is suitably horrified when the TV reflects his own sense of disarray.

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21 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Are We There Yet? (2005)

Nick (Ice Cube) is defiantly ungrown-up. In other words, he's ripe for a life lesson.

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Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

What still works is the edgy distrust-into-respect that develops between the killer and the cop.

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14 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

In Good Company (2004)

In Good Company pushes Carter and Dan up against one another, so that they can work through their mutual anxieties, resentments, and jealousies.

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14 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Elektra (2005)

Now starring in her own movie (following the generally dismal effort called Daredevil, in which she was, by the way, killed), Elektra is all rage, careening between hyper-organization (she arranges her bananas so they all point the same way) and finely honed, utterly scary violence.

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14 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Coach Carter (2004)

Based on a real life coach, also named Ken Carter, Carter takes an approach that's part Lean on Me meets Hoosiers, part Stand and Deliver meets Friday Night Lights, and okay, maybe a little White Shadow, too.

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6 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

White Noise (2005)

White Noise falls into that least-likely-to-succeed genre, the horror film released in winter.

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William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (2004)

Pacino, noted lover of Shakespeare, strives for a multi-dimensional characterization of the angry Shylock, underlining his sadness and indignation.

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6 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Woodsman (2004)

Walter (Kevin Bacon) lives in a world perpetually gray.

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6 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Faith in his own work ethic keeps Paul from acknowledging the turmoil erupting all around him.

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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

You might read this as a not-so-subtle indictment of the bourgie masses who consume popular culture: their taste sucks.

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22 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Meet the Fockers (2004)

Streisand brings her own potent barrage to this company of self-interested men, not to mention the melt-away women.

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22 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Beyond the Sea (2004)

Kevin Spacey looks alternately fatigued and awkward as Bobby Darin.

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22 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Aviator (2004)

The Aviator portrays Hughes as a rebel and a genius, a dashing young man with ambition, hope, and nerve.

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A Very Long Engagement (2004)

The memory of war -- collective and individual -- is at best a deterrent, at worst, a fantasy to fuel more of the same.

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17 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Spanglish (2004)

Flor appears resolute and highly ethical, both qualities that help her survive as a maid for white folks in Bel Air.

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