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24 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

Ghost Ship (2002)

The best surprise of 'Ghost Ship' is that it's surprisingly good, spooky, fun, and stylish.

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24 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

Auto Focus (2002)

Paul Schrader's 'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.

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18 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

The Ring (2002)

Gore Verbinski's The Ring is relentlessly disquieting and incoherent, and sometimes trite in ways it doesn't need to be.

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18 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Deftly rearranges any number of generic conventions, from romantic comedies, musicals, and melodramas with happy endings that can't make sense but seem inevitable and necessary.

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18 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

Quitting (2001)

Perverse as that sounds, the opportunity really is an actor's dream: role-of-a-lifetime gig and therapeutic session in one fell swoop.

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18 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

Heaven (2002)

Heaven begins with assorted ascents. Written by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski (with Krzysztof Piesiewicz), and intended as part of a trilogy (Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory), it explores accident and fate, guilt and grief, time and truth.

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18 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

Formula 51 (2001)

In Ronny Yu's mostly formulaic Formula 51, Samuel L. Jackson plays Elmo McElroy, a chemical whiz busted for smoking reefer.

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18 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

Abandon (2002)

Cynical and beautiful. No wonder the boys can't resist her.

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10 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

White Oleander (2002)

Seems stuck in first gear, grinding through a series of very "safe" clichés.

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10 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

Tuck Everlasting (2002)

While the book is laced with a youthful sense of wonder concerning life and death, the film is a troubled teenage love story.

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The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

Weaving together a vivid assemblage of stock footage, archival documents and talking-head spots, the movie winnows the book down to three of its more damning studies.

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10 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

The Transporter (2002)

Speedy, colorful, and clever, The Transporter establishes Jason Statham as yet another next-generational, hybrid action hero.

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10 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

Swept Away (2002)

What Swept Away calls love, I would call the usual terror and degradation that keeps battered women in dangerous relationships.

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The Rules of Attraction (2002)

Attraction is not comprised of rules, only missed opportunities.

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10 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

In Praise of Love (2001)

In its preoccupations with history, In Praise of Love suggests if one has no history, one has no basis for thinking about or defining oneself.

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10 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

Brown Sugar (2002)

Brown Sugar can blur lines between mainstream and margin, mix up the spirits, just as hip-hop -- so-called real hip-hop but also, in its way, brashly commercial hip-hop -- has always done.

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3 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

Spirited Away (2001/2002)

America is better off with Miyazaki playing in the malls and the multiplexes than Monsters, Inc.

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3 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

Red Dragon (2002)

What is most politically problematic about Red Dragon is how it furthers the relationship between physical disability and psychopathology.

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3 Oct 2002 // 12:00 AM

Moonlight Mile (2002)

Fits a little too neatly with the recent popularity of media considering grief and death rituals.

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26 Sep 2002 // 12:00 AM

Trapped (2002)

Scary as this sounds -- Courtney Love channeling Claire Standish or Andie Walsh -- it might explain a few things about what was going on in Trapped.

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