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23 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Syriana (2005)

This Middle Eastern spy thriller is complex and earnest, a film that repays close attention.

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23 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Rent (2005)

The song, 'Rent', names its own dilemma, how to make melodrama and artifice compelling when experience has turned so sensational and illusory?"

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23 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Passenger (1975/2005)

He is introduced as a human being in the process of existing rather than any particular person engaged in any particular struggle.

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23 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Ice Harvest (2005)

If Charlie appears seem energetic, if not exactly inspired, it's only because he's in constant, circular motion.

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18 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Walk the Line (2005)

John R. Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) is a hard-drinking, drug-abusing, soul-searching, all-black-wearing, June-Carter-loving man.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

It is sad, though perhaps 'realistic,' that the lesson of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is that all institutions and authority, Good or Evil, are corrupt.

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17 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Three… Extremes (2004)

Not only does each of the three horror vignettes contain more surprises than most full-length features, but unlike most filmic anthologies, it has no weak links.

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Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

When Lisa thaws, she's granted a limited gamut of roles, from screaming victim to gushy girl to action-heroic savior.

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11 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Everyone knows that Keira Knightley is lovely, vibrant, and gloriously young, that she can play feisty and dreamy with equally apparent ease.

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11 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Derailed (2005)

While RZA and Xzibit deliver their own delights as performers, their characters' aggression and victimization are of a piece, and left to the white guy to sort out.

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11 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Bee Season (2005)

Words are mystical, magical, and wholly material in Bee Season.

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Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005)

And where, you might ask, is 50 Cent coming from? In a word, money.

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4 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Paradise Now (2005)

At the start of the powerful Paradise Now, the bombers are quiet, even stunned at the news that their mission is set for tomorrow.

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The Squid and the Whale (2005)

As Noah Baumbach's film tracks Walt's slow evolution during the months surrounding his parents' divorce, it keeps something of a distance, wry and observant.

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4 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Jarhead (2005)

Jarhead doesn't lose sight of this basic truth of war. More effective weapons only deepen its despair.

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1 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Saw II (2005)

'Overkill' doesn't begin to describe it.

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28 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Weather Man (2005)

Dave begins to carry his bow with him on the sidewalk, a man suddenly proud, slow-motioned, and anachronistic, a walking metaphor.

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28 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Prime (2005)

Wise and soothing, Lisa occasionally sounds more like a girlfriend than the usual movie shrink, and this is, you think, a good thing.

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28 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Legend of Zorro (2005)

This opening action is acrobatic, the explosions thrilling, and the sword-fighting is sensationally swooshy.

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25 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Doom (2005)

The marines' mission is one of those 'bug hunts' made spectacular and more or less requisite for these sorts of movies by James Cameron's Aliens.

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