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28 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

Blind Spot: Hitler’s Secretary (2002)

'Amen', like 'Blind Spot', considers atrocity by examining the real burden of abiding with it long after the fact.

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The Life of David Gale (2003)

Only Clint Eastwood could have cooked up a more dramatic climax to an innocent-man-on-death-row plot, which he did, in True Crime.

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20 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

Gerry (2002)

By turns daunting and absorbing, the film is about movement that seems hopeless, that takes you nowhere, that's increasingly slowed but also increasingly urgent.

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20 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

Divine Intervention (2001)

Suleiman proves himself an essential voice in world cinema because his formalism is inextricable from the political moment it documents.

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20 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

Daredevil (2003)

It's unlikely that this gloominess accounts for Daredevil's big success. There are any number of plausible explanations -- the 'Sexiest Man Alive' and his J. Lo glow, the promotional blitz, the Marvel machine. No matter. Bring the pain.

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20 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

Dark Blue (2003)

This is a scary city, where scary figures hang out on scary corners and slouch with scary insouciance. No wonder the cops are tense.

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13 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Quiet American (2002)

That the U.S. imagines itself in the position to take unilateral decisions that affect the rest of the world is as much a function of the nation's founding myths (all that 'city on a hill' business, represented in Pyle's notion that he can save Phuong) as it is its economic might (Pyle's knowledge that he can support Phuong).

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The Other Network - PopMatters Film Review
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Driven by instant gratification and a bottom line ethos, the networks have all but abandoned the cause of great TV comedy.

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13 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

Lockdown (2000)

Takes its political and ethical subjects seriously.

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13 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

Lost in La Mancha (2002)

Even in the midst of chaos and catastrophe, Gilliam's drive to create fantastic worlds can be as damning, and as appealing, as Quixote's.

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The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm (2000/2002)

Radioactive poison is a legacy of laissez-faire capitalism's most guilty indulgence.

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13 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Guru (2002)

Offers a cagey take on cultural influences and intersections.

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13 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

Daredevil (2003)

The good news is that Johnson's Daredevil follows Marvel's disability politics.

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13 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

Deliver Us From Eva (2003)

In the she's-such-a-bitch scenes, Gabrielle Union reveals a completely wonderful comic timing.

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6 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

Tully (2002)

Locating its story of familial disquiet in the locus of the American myth, Tully doesn't quite go so far as to debunk the idealized heartland.

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6 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

Shanghai Ghetto (2002)

A potentially prosaic documentary manages fresh insight.

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6 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

Shanghai Knights (2003)

Its self-conscious use of the buddy genre's well known predilection for homoerotic/homophobic patterns is cute.

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6 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

Max (2002)

Max is less concerned with making Hitler sympathetic, or even very specific, than it is in using him to illustrate a series of ideas.

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6 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2002)

A subtle and reverent look at one of America's most important -- and often forgotten -- filmmakers.

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

She's so cute, he's so cute, everyone's so cute.

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