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8 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

America’s Heart & Soul (2004)

Clichés perhaps, but sometimes simplicity and familiarity communicate powerful sentiments.

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Sputtering, Ron cites scientific fact to support his outrage: 'You're just a woman, with a small brain.'"

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2 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Though Spider-Man plainly enjoys saving kids from danger and even instructing them ('Hey you guys! No playing in the street'), he also longs for a more regular, selfish life.

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I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2003)

Will (Clive Owen) is a menace, even to the bad guys.

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2 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

De-Lovely (2004)

At times, Irwin Winkler's movie achieves a strange grace, complicated and cunning as Porter's own art and experience.

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2 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Clearing (2004)

As wealthy, world-weary Pittsburgh businessman Wayne Hayes, Robert Redford is typically low-key.

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2 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

Before Sunset (2004)

Before Sunset illustrates the beautiful and frustrating complexity of human hearts seeking love and meaning in a life we know to be transient.

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24 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

White Chicks (2004)

Marcus and Kevin's observations also make them think again about their own behaviors, more respectful of black women.

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24 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Mother (2003)

May's new sense of self and awakened sexuality are startling, not least of all to her.

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24 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Bush's own behavior and speech are, of course, easy targets, as Moore repeatedly shows him fidgeting and misspeaking.

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17 Jun 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Terminal (2004)

Viktor is pronounced 'unacceptable', a man without nation, identity, or status.

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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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