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1 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Ladder 49 (2004)

Sentimental and surprisingly uncomplicated, Ladder 49 seems a disservice to the very folks it wants to extol.

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1 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

Albert is again faced with basic questions: Are we really 'all connected'? How can 'everything be the same even if it's different'?"

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Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (2004)

While Going Upriver is another pro-Kerry documentary, it is also, more importantly, a record of the VVAW's arduous, impassioned work during that difficult time.

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1 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Dig! (2004)

The film is less effective at conveying the genius of Anton Newcombe than the madness, possibly because the latter only requires a camera and Anton himself.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

What the #$*! Do We Know? (2004)

Cultural creatives share a worldview shaped by the social movements of the 1960s.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Casting Bill Nighy as a zombie -- or more accurately, a zombie to be -- may not be precisely innovative, but it's clever and wholly enjoyable.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

By subtly subverting our assumptions about the opposition of nature and technology, Oshii suggests that the two may not be so different after all.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Forgotten (2004)

In The Forgotten, the ethical terms are laid out: it's good to remember, fervently, and it's weak and bad to forget.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

First Daughter (2004)

These 'times' are somehow exponentially more dangerous, but no one refers to 9/11 or the Bush administration, apparently erased in this alternate non-reality.

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23 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

A Dirty Shame (2004)

While such a fantastic love-love-love, all-pleasure-all-the-time scenario hardly seems likely in our near future, A Dirty Shame remains hopeful and even sweet.

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Zhou Yu’s Train (Zhou Yu de huo che) (2002)

Li Gong embodies a yearning that is simultaneously timeless and frozen in time, delicate and determined, vibrant and unbearable.

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17 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Wimbledon (2004)

Theirs is an altogether formulaic affair -- complete with wishing on comets, lolling by fountains, running from paparazzi.

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17 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Virgin (2003)

Jessie's belief that she might be special, chosen for this important role, changes her.

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17 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Silver City (2004)

It's easy to make assumptions about a political candidate named Dickie Pilager.

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

If the glorious surprise offered up by The Wizard of Oz was its depiction of a world beyond any material reality, the agreeable gimmick of Sky Captain is its imitation of what's come before.

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Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Back for another go-round with the Umbrella Corporation, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is leaner and lots meaner.

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17 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Brown Bunny (2003)

We might only imagine how peeved some Republicans are that Vincent Gallo has named himself one of them.

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10 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Wicker Park (2004)

Unlikely as it seems, Matthew Lillard is the saving grace of Paul McGuigan's wretched remake of L'Appartement.

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10 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Vanity Fair (2004)

Ah, to be young, bright, and scheming in 19th-century Britain!"

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10 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

Tom Dowd and the Language of Music (2004)

Moormann's film allows Tom Dowd to tell his own tale, bringing his past to life through his words, his accomplishments, his infectious laugh, and, most importantly, his music.

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