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8 Jul 2002 // 12:00 AM

Men In Black II (2002)

What the sequel does make abundantly clear is that the apparently accidental harmonies of the first can -- indeed must -- be turned into calculation.

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8 Jul 2002 // 12:00 AM

Like Mike (2002)

It's easy to see why Bow Wow -- ambitious, clever, self-confident -- appealed to the folks who put this film-cd-gear- package together.

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27 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

Pumpkin (2002)

PULL.

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27 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

Mr. Deeds (2002)

It's all a saggy, inept mess. And it really makes you long for Michael Keaton and 'The Banana Boat Song'.

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27 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002)

This is The City, so often viewed as anonymous and unfriendly, especially in children's programming, at its best.

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21 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

Juwanna Mann (2002)

It's no longer critiquing mainstream expectations, but instead, absorbing and reflecting stereotypes, drained of context.

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20 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

Minority Report (2002)

Based on a story published by Philip K. Dick in 1956, 'Minority Report' is science-fiction of the sort that Dick preferred to write -- set in the future, but all wrapped up in concerns that are immediately relevant to the present moment (that the same concerns were relevant back in 1956 is not a little unnerving, as will become clear).

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20 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

Lovably unconventional, Lilo & Stitch have some trouble fitting in with their peer groups -- regular kids in Lilo's case, multi-limbed aliens in Stitch's.

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20 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

Juwanna Mann (2002)

Like its men-in-drag predecessors, Juwanna Mann doesn't critique gender stereotypes, so much as it uses them to espouse a morality lesson.

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The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (2002)

Exotic and universal, The Fast Runner is as engrossing as any thriller, as majestic as any epic.

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13 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

Windtalkers (2002)

Though it might be argued that Nicolas Cage roaring and contorting in slow motion makes for good action cinema, it's hardly the basis for a thoughtful interrogation of how war works, how it shatters (or otherwise forever changes) participants, and reinforces systemic racism.

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13 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

Sade (2000)

The Marquis de Sade, dedicated family man.

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13 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

Scooby Doo (2002)

The main problem here is the script, or the lack thereof.

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13 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

The Bourne Identity (2002)

The CIA here is an intensely low-down, sinister, and duplicitous organization.

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6 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

Tart (2001)

Tart is another in a long line of unoriginal attempts to explore one girl's desire to fit in.

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6 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

Keep Your Right Up! (Soigne Ta Droite!) (1987/2002)

concerned with asserting the significance of art in a world that isn't interested in art.

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6 Jun 2002 // 12:00 AM

Bad Company (2002)

PULL.

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31 May 2002 // 12:00 AM

Undercover Brother (2002)

Peppered with Chappellian hilarities (and the man can riff), it is more like Austin Powers than a hard-hitting satire, minus Mike Meyers' mania, plus Lee's deft direction and Griffin's own brand of energy.

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Late Marriage (Hatouna Mehuheret) (2001)

A new comedy from Israel, could be funnier in a lot of ways, and more serious in others.

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