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14 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

King Kong (2005)

Jackson's film makes Ann's admiration for Kong an earnest distraction from her eventual, proper coupledom with Jack (who, even with Brody's Men's Health coverboy abs, can't compete with the potent spectacle of Kong).

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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

As polemic, The High Cost of Low Price succeeds in personalizing the effects of a system that allows the ruthlessness of Wal-Mart.

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Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

The fact of Sayuri's stunning blue eyes only underlines the film's refusal to engage with the hardships geishas endure as a matter of course. She is 'special', she is treasured, she is property.

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)

The scariest scene in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe comes at the start.

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9 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

It's Alma's silence that makes Brokeback Mountain feel so serious. Her pain is neither exquisite nor elegiac. It is only hard.

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2 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Transamerica (2005)

Transamerica settles for the familiar 'alternative family' rather than questioning all those systems that make the very concept of 'alternative' necessary.

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Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005)

Sarah Silverman's character is a spoiled, suburban princess, which allows her to deliver offensive one-liners with an unnerving mixture of naïvete and self-assured ignorance.

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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)

It's a surprise that Shane Black's Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang works as well as it does.

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2 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

In the Mix (2005)

It's hard to be mad at Usher. But you have to wonder what went through his or anyone else's head during the production of In the Mix.

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23 Nov 2005 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 AM

Bee Season (2005)

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

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