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25 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Born into Brothels (2004)

The Oscar-nominated documentary film is a look into the lives of children in Sonagachi, North Calcutta's red light district.

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18 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Son of the Mask (2005)

The baby is endowed with awesome powers to shape-shift and abuse every living creature that comes within reach of his chubby little hands.

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18 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Constantine (2005)

Doubting his mission and his faith even as he's consumed by them, Constantine is an achingly topical comic book/movie hero.

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18 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Assisted Living (2003)

The easy moral to draw is that everyone needs assistance in living, but the more difficult truth is that living is illusory always.

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11 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Inside Deep Throat (2005)

Inside Deep Throat is less interested in the film's making than in its cultural and political fallouts.

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11 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Hitch (2005)

Having conquered Independence Day, Will Smith has set his sights on Valentine's Day.

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11 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Bride & Prejudice (2004)

In Bride & Prejudice, Lalita is at once the skeptic and the convert-to-be.

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4 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Wedding Date (2005)

More unnerving, he treats her to a front-and-center look at his penis, fresh out of the shower.

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4 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004)

Nobody Knows honors the innocence of childhood, even as it slips away.

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Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1996)

The film presents an idiosyncratic vision of Fanon's lifelong struggle, as a colonized subject seeking freedom of thought and identity.

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4 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Boogeyman (2005)

Tim's flashbacks ram through his consciousness and onto the movie screen with a sort of car-crash effect.

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William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (2004)

Jessica is alone, contemplative, and distressed.

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28 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Hide and Seek (2005)

Dakota Fanning seems alternately to be channeling Beetlejuice-era Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci's Wednesday Addams.

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21 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

A Talking Picture (2003)

A Talking Picture is marked lamentably by self-congratulation, cultural pretension, and Islamophobia.

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The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

With remote in hand, monitor glare on his face, Sam is suitably horrified when the TV reflects his own sense of disarray.

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21 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Are We There Yet? (2005)

Nick (Ice Cube) is defiantly ungrown-up. In other words, he's ripe for a life lesson.

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Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

What still works is the edgy distrust-into-respect that develops between the killer and the cop.

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14 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

In Good Company (2004)

In Good Company pushes Carter and Dan up against one another, so that they can work through their mutual anxieties, resentments, and jealousies.

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14 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Elektra (2005)

Now starring in her own movie (following the generally dismal effort called Daredevil, in which she was, by the way, killed), Elektra is all rage, careening between hyper-organization (she arranges her bananas so they all point the same way) and finely honed, utterly scary violence.

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14 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Coach Carter (2004)

Based on a real life coach, also named Ken Carter, Carter takes an approach that's part Lean on Me meets Hoosiers, part Stand and Deliver meets Friday Night Lights, and okay, maybe a little White Shadow, too.

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