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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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17 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

With the peculiarly titled Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood elicits yet another remarkable performance from a young actor.

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Elastic and not a little ewwwy, Jim Carrey's Olaf is fond of his own unclever pronouncements and unsubtle when it comes to plotting.

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17 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

A Fond Kiss (2003)

At the end of A Fond Kiss, Ken Loach's latest film, we are left with a lingering anxiety about the viability of interracial relationships.

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Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

Most remarkably, after what looks like weeks in the desert sun, no one ever gets a sunburn.

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17 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Callas Forever (2002)

Callas Forever is cursed by its title.

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Wes Anderson's film and Steve's filmed life creak a little, exposing seams and efforts to make sense of experience.

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Lightning in a Bottle (2004)

The sensational Buddy Guy is his own, allusive story, as he incarnates a bridge between generations and styles.

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10 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Blade: Trinity (2004)

Blade (Wesley Snipes) looks tired. I mean, weary. He's been fighting vampires for three films now, and it shows.

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3 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Moolaadé (2004)

Understanding the political possibilities of film -- as a commercial as well as artistic medium -- Ousmane Sembene makes his case with color, song, and movement.

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3 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Jandek on Corwood (2004)

This documentary on defiantly obscure indie-rock cult figure Jandek reveals not so much the man-behind-the-myth, but rather, the myth-behind-the-myth.

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House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu) (2004)

While the men's trajectories seem well delineated, Mei's fate and meaning are both more opaque.

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3 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Closer (2004)

This leads to titillation, judgment, desire, and commerce all around. How Howard Stern.

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24 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Alexander (2004)

Though Olympias is unbeatably charismatic (and plain fun amid all the drearily inclined boys), the film takes a typically Stonian approach to the evil woman.

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19 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Seed of Chucky (2004)

What do killer dolls use to masturbate?"

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19 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

National Treasure (2004)

Popular propaganda at its best -- high quality creative work allied to a resounding endorsement of a status quo the American electorate seems determined to maintain.

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19 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Kinsey (2004)

At its best, Kinsey turns nearly impressionistic, as when it represents the doctor's increasingly convoluted relationships with his team.

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19 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Finding Neverland (2004)

As James Barrie, the Scottish-born playwright most famous for imagining Peter Pan, Johnny Depp appears the consummately charismatic child-man.

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