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10 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Lightning in a Bottle (2004)

The sensational Buddy Guy is his own, allusive story, as he incarnates a bridge between generations and styles.

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10 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Blade: Trinity (2004)

Blade (Wesley Snipes) looks tired. I mean, weary. He's been fighting vampires for three films now, and it shows.

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3 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Moolaadé (2004)

Understanding the political possibilities of film -- as a commercial as well as artistic medium -- Ousmane Sembene makes his case with color, song, and movement.

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3 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Jandek on Corwood (2004)

This documentary on defiantly obscure indie-rock cult figure Jandek reveals not so much the man-behind-the-myth, but rather, the myth-behind-the-myth.

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House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu) (2004)

While the men's trajectories seem well delineated, Mei's fate and meaning are both more opaque.

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3 Dec 2004 // 12:00 AM

Closer (2004)

This leads to titillation, judgment, desire, and commerce all around. How Howard Stern.

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24 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Alexander (2004)

Though Olympias is unbeatably charismatic (and plain fun amid all the drearily inclined boys), the film takes a typically Stonian approach to the evil woman.

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19 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Seed of Chucky (2004)

What do killer dolls use to masturbate?"

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19 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

National Treasure (2004)

Popular propaganda at its best -- high quality creative work allied to a resounding endorsement of a status quo the American electorate seems determined to maintain.

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19 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Kinsey (2004)

At its best, Kinsey turns nearly impressionistic, as when it represents the doctor's increasingly convoluted relationships with his team.

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19 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Finding Neverland (2004)

As James Barrie, the Scottish-born playwright most famous for imagining Peter Pan, Johnny Depp appears the consummately charismatic child-man.

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Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Tim Allen needs to stop making Christmas movies.

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Bad Education (La mala educación) (2004)

Bad Education tweaks the lesson just enough so that it doesn't turn out to be what you expect.

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11 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Red Lights (Feux Rouges) (2004)

Billed as a thriller, Red Lights is also about a kind of heterosexual masculine crisis.

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11 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Polar Express (2004)

It's part Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, and part Terry Gilliam's Brazil, that is, just this side of sinister.

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In the Face of Evil: Reagan’s War in Word and Deed (2004) - PopMatters Film Review
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Such outrageous attacks on liberals are central to the film's attempt to appropriate the genuine achievements of history in order to embellish the mythology of Reagan.

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11 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

Enduring Love (2004)

Samantha Morton's face seems a perfect object for gazing on.

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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

This time the bloom is quite off.

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5 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

p.s. (2004)

Simultaneously affectionate, startled, yearning, and anxious, Laura Linney and Topher Grace make awkwardness into art.

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5 Nov 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Incredibles (2004)

Instead of dolls and fishies, the stars of the The Incredibles are angsty adults, specifically, superheroes whose flying-high heyday is over.

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