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Real Women Have Curves (2002)

Mature and self-confident, Ana rejects traditional notions of a woman's worth.

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7 Nov 2002 // 1:00 AM

Femme Fatale (2002)

Rebecca Romijn-Stamos' central function is looking great and so, confounding various men around her.

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7 Nov 2002 // 1:00 AM

Far From Heaven (2002)

Just beneath this conservative façade lies a complicated and progressive commentary on the present that Todd Haynes leaves to the viewer to interpret.

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7 Nov 2002 // 1:00 AM

8 Mile (2002)

Such fictionalizing ensures Eminem's lovability, across all categories.

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7 Nov 2002 // 1:00 AM

Biggie and Tupac (2002)

Biggie and Tupac is best when it's not making assertions (most of which are not new and most of which are going to be tedious to anyone who's read anything about the cases in the past).

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3 Nov 2002 // 1:00 AM

Tabu (1931)

Call it Paul Gaughin's Romeo and Juliet.

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The Truth About Charlie (2002)

It conjures a perverse and giddy grace.

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31 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

Given that it's a generically family/holiday film, The Santa Clause 2 has nothing new to say about anything.

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31 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Russian Ark (Russkij kovcheg) (2002)

The film's high-tech artistic fantasies elide completely the historical roots and contemporary realities of global capitalism and terrorism.

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31 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

I Spy (2002)

The basic opposition between sheepish Alex and suave Kelly sets up a series of trivial conflicts, some less tedious than others.

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31 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Grey Zone (2002)

This crepuscular work offers the most realistic depiction of the infernal workings of a Nazi death camp ever seen in a fiction film.

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31 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Frida (2002)

Julie Taymor's Frida pulses with color.

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Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Why are people scared? This question lies at the heart of Michael Moore's filmic essay on gun violence in the United States.

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24 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Take Care of My Cat (2002)

If it breaks no new aesthetic or structural ground, 'Take Care of My Cat' is honest and tender, remarkably specific about girls' experiences.

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24 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Paid in Full (2002)

As familiar as this story sounds (and is), Ace is hardly your usual somebody.

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24 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Ghost Ship (2002)

The best surprise of 'Ghost Ship' is that it's surprisingly good, spooky, fun, and stylish.

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24 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Auto Focus (2002)

Paul Schrader's 'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.

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18 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Ring (2002)

Gore Verbinski's The Ring is relentlessly disquieting and incoherent, and sometimes trite in ways it doesn't need to be.

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18 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Deftly rearranges any number of generic conventions, from romantic comedies, musicals, and melodramas with happy endings that can't make sense but seem inevitable and necessary.

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18 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Quitting (2001)

Perverse as that sounds, the opportunity really is an actor's dream: role-of-a-lifetime gig and therapeutic session in one fell swoop.

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