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Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

Busta out-acts and out-spectacularizes Tyra Banks.

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18 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

The we-love-'50s-giant bug-movies homage by Independence Day and Godzilla makers.

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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

Undertakes yet another examination of the restraints of orthodox Western religion.

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18 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002)

It's near-endlessly entertaining to watch him handle the crocodiles.

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12 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Reign of Fire (2002)

There's probably something to be said here about guys and competition and pointy weapons.

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12 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Road to Perdition (2002)

The perfectly grim surface evokes eons of pain, as well as a highly stylized contemporary sensibility, not so much cynical as skeptical and self-aware.

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12 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Gangster No. 1 (2000)

Gangster No. 1's style and plot are stale.

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8 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002)

Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are smart, self-assured, and admirable.

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8 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Men In Black II (2002)

What the sequel does make abundantly clear is that the apparently accidental harmonies of the first can -- indeed must -- be turned into calculation.

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8 Jul 2002 // 1:00 AM

Like Mike (2002)

It's easy to see why Bow Wow -- ambitious, clever, self-confident -- appealed to the folks who put this film-cd-gear- package together.

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27 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Pumpkin (2002)

PULL.

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27 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Mr. Deeds (2002)

It's all a saggy, inept mess. And it really makes you long for Michael Keaton and 'The Banana Boat Song'.

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27 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002)

This is The City, so often viewed as anonymous and unfriendly, especially in children's programming, at its best.

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21 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Juwanna Mann (2002)

It's no longer critiquing mainstream expectations, but instead, absorbing and reflecting stereotypes, drained of context.

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20 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Minority Report (2002)

Based on a story published by Philip K. Dick in 1956, 'Minority Report' is science-fiction of the sort that Dick preferred to write -- set in the future, but all wrapped up in concerns that are immediately relevant to the present moment (that the same concerns were relevant back in 1956 is not a little unnerving, as will become clear).

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20 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

Lovably unconventional, Lilo & Stitch have some trouble fitting in with their peer groups -- regular kids in Lilo's case, multi-limbed aliens in Stitch's.

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20 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Juwanna Mann (2002)

Like its men-in-drag predecessors, Juwanna Mann doesn't critique gender stereotypes, so much as it uses them to espouse a morality lesson.

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The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (2002)

Exotic and universal, The Fast Runner is as engrossing as any thriller, as majestic as any epic.

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13 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Windtalkers (2002)

Though it might be argued that Nicolas Cage roaring and contorting in slow motion makes for good action cinema, it's hardly the basis for a thoughtful interrogation of how war works, how it shatters (or otherwise forever changes) participants, and reinforces systemic racism.

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13 Jun 2002 // 1:00 AM

Sade (2000)

The Marquis de Sade, dedicated family man.

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