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17 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Stepford Wives (2004)

Joanna's paucity of spirit is odiously illustrated during the first five minutes of The Stepford Wives.

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17 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Heder's physical details -- mouth agape, low voice, frequent exhales of discomforted disgust -- make for a terrifically funny and assured performance.

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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

The team is scrappy and determined, willing to endure repeated -- and I mean repeated -- batterings with wrenches and balls.

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17 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

Control Room (2004)

The struggle to report news, or even to decide what constitutes news, pervades the American war against Iraq.

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The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

The return of Riddick (Vin Diesel) begins with lots of noise.

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Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

The absolutely scariest scene in Around the World in 80 Days features Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Director Alfonso Cuarón brings to the franchise a newly inventive sensibility, and, most important, an appreciation for smart cuts and brevity, especially the requisite Quidditch scene, mercifully short, dark, and stormy.

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3 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

Carandiru (2003)

The camera deposits you inside the notoriously overcrowded and treacherous São Paulo prison, where two inmates argue over one's right to slit the other's throat.

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3 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

Rather than simply paying homage to the original series, this latest installment showcases its own artifice and theatricality.

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28 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Saved! (2004)

Those seeking a movie about Christians with absolutely no flaying whatsoever can proceed directly to Brian Dannelly's Saved!.

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28 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Soul Plane (2004)

Perhaps the tribulations of Snoop's home life produced the tiresome distractedness of his performance in Soul Plane.

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28 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Raising Helen (2004)

Helen's initial efforts to maintain her previous life are as glib as her inheritance of the children.

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28 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Day After Tomorrow (2004)

As the 'eye of the storm' speeds across the screen, instantly freezing everything in its path, Jack looks up to see a flag, turned spastically solid in a second. Here it is, the money shot: the emblematic United States, stuck in time, blind to consequences, fixated on its own reckless self-love.

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28 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Baadasssss! (2004)

At once the biography of Melvin Van Peebles as a young, angry, brilliant filmmaker (played by Mario, who looks achingly like his dad in a couple of shots, with cigar, sculpted face, and black hat), and his own biography.

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20 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Stateside (2004)

Dori Lawrence (Rachael Leigh Cook) is a multi-threat performer, her career reeling between movies and rock 'n' roll, sometime in the 1980s.

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20 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Shrek 2 (2004)

Cute, confident, and utterly stylish in his feathered hat, Puss confronts Shrek and Donkey in the woods: 'Ha ha!'"

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20 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Replay (2003)

Replay is an intriguing film that knows how to take advantage of current audiences' fascination with reality shows.

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Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d’enfants) (2003)

The violence of their romance is striking, sometimes moving, and always disturbing, even as metaphor.

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Coffee and Cigarettes (2004)

Coffee and Cigarettes is a return, of sorts, for Jim Jarmusch.

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13 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Troy (2004)

According to Troy, war is all about reputation.

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