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5 Dec 2002 // 12:00 AM

Stealing the Fire (2002)

What is the relevance of individual agency in such vast systems as the Nazi war machine or the post-war global arms trade?"

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5 Dec 2002 // 12:00 AM

Extreme Ops (2002)

At first, the girls-gone-wild moment is just about driving the supremely inept boys batty with desire.

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5 Dec 2002 // 12:00 AM

Equilibrium (2002)

Hooray for kicking opponents' heads in, fancy wirework, and twirling black topcoats.

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5 Dec 2002 // 12:00 AM

Empire (2002)

Of the many crazy clichés in Empire, Isabella Rossellini's big fat hair has to be the loony-tunesiest.

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5 Dec 2002 // 12:00 AM

Daughter From Danang (2002)

Dolgin and Franco work hard not to exploit Heidi's naïvete for its narrative potential.

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5 Dec 2002 // 12:00 AM

Analyze That (2002)

To endure Analyze That requires not just suspension of disbelief, but suspension of neurological activity as well.

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Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

Paul Justman's 'Standing in the Shadows of Motown' aims to recover the Funk Brothers' legacy.

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29 Nov 2002 // 12:00 AM

Solaris (2002)

The liveliest moments in Steven Soderbergh's Solaris belong to Jeremy Davies' hands.

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29 Nov 2002 // 12:00 AM

Half Past Dead (2002)

Ja is partnered with Steven Seagal, the fading action/martial arts star who not only refuses to go away.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

The cruelest of Malfoy's bigotries is directed against lovely, diligent Hermoine.

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29 Nov 2002 // 12:00 AM

Friday After Next (2002)

'I look at myself and the movies I do as a brand,' Ice Cube tells 'Variety'.

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29 Nov 2002 // 12:00 AM

Far From Heaven (2002)

For Haynes, much of this surface is simultaneously supple and precise, 'girly-swirly,' as he terms it.

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29 Nov 2002 // 12:00 AM

The Emperor’s Club (2002)

Never acknowledges that the moral order in the United States has always been a fiction.

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29 Nov 2002 // 12:00 AM

Die Another Day (2002)

Bond's issues have to do with self-identity.

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29 Nov 2002 // 12:00 AM

Ararat (2002)

As usual in Egoyan's films, tangled familial relationships inspire chaos and meanness as much as understanding and benevolence.

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Real Women Have Curves (2002)

Mature and self-confident, Ana rejects traditional notions of a woman's worth.

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7 Nov 2002 // 12:00 AM

Femme Fatale (2002)

Rebecca Romijn-Stamos' central function is looking great and so, confounding various men around her.

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7 Nov 2002 // 12:00 AM

Far From Heaven (2002)

Just beneath this conservative façade lies a complicated and progressive commentary on the present that Todd Haynes leaves to the viewer to interpret.

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7 Nov 2002 // 12:00 AM

8 Mile (2002)

Such fictionalizing ensures Eminem's lovability, across all categories.

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7 Nov 2002 // 12:00 AM

Biggie and Tupac (2002)

Biggie and Tupac is best when it's not making assertions (most of which are not new and most of which are going to be tedious to anyone who's read anything about the cases in the past).

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