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Sunday, January 1 1995

Reindeer Games (2000)

The spirit of world class schlock-horror promoter William Castle was in the theater recently, during a preview screening of Pitch Black, as flashlights were given to a number of audience members.


Red Planet (2000)

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Running Free (2000)

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The Replacements (2000)

The Replacements' particular spin on the relationship between unions and management is simplistic and, more often than not, spurious.


Russian Doll (2001)

'Russian Doll' is above all an enjoyably quirky romantic comedy, and a pleasant way to spend a little vicarious time in a foreign milieu.


The Replacements (2000)

The Replacements' particular spin on the relationship between unions and management is simplistic and, more often than not, spurious.


Rules of Engagement (2000)

Two years ago, many critics praised Saving Private Ryan as a new kind of war film that brought the horrors of war home with an unprecedented, visceral intensity..


Rock Star (2001)

It's disappointing that 'Rock Star'... ends up with such a boring reassertion of straightness, not only with regard to sexual orientation, but also with regard to lifestyles and values more generally.


Romeo Must Die (2000)

Andrzej Bartkowiak's current film Romeo Must Die, which features the incredible martial arts skills of Jet Li, left me a little depressed.


Pollock (2000)

This is the tragedy and romanticized allure of Jackson Pollock, the man: he grew physically, he grew creatively, but he never grew up emotionally.


The Pledge (2001)

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Pootie Tang (2001)

Pootie's got more than one joke, but only enough for this single layered, but thankfully brief, outing..


Proof of Life (2000)

Alice is quite visibly 'alone,' differentiated by her race and class from the folks who populate the streets, marketplaces, and televised protests against the oil company. And indeed, Alice's bond with Terry begins with the fact that he's Anglo, and she feels she can 'trust' him.


Pay It Forward (2000)

Such heavy-handed plot designing and telegraphing makes the film more tedious than rousing.


Pokemon The Movie 2000 (2000)

Pokemon The Movie 2000, however, shares no similar instruction; instead, it promotes gender inequality and contradictory ethical lessons. In the end, P2K spurs children to consume more product, in order to perpetuate the Pokemon global dominion.


The Patriot (2000)

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The Patriot (2000)

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The Princess Diaries (2001)

[In 'The Princess Diaries'], among the many habits Mia must change is her too-teenish tendency to bob her head along with music on the radio ('You're not a doggie on a dashboard!' cries her alarmed grandma).


Pitch Black (2000)

The scene is grim and very familiar: a hulk of a space ship crawls through the starry darkness, then runs into unexpected trouble, such that its crew is awakened from travel-slumber ahead of schedule.


Piñero (2001)

The first scene in Leon Ichaso's biographical film, 'Piñero', sets up a complex series of relationships between the artist and his demons -- or more pointedly, between the artist and the various audiences he sought to influence and astonish.


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