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11 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Promises (2002)

When the children speak for themselves, 'Promises' is very powerful.

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National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002)

National Lampoon's Van Wilder [is] the latest version of Maxim, the Movie.

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Grey Gardens / Salesman - PopMatters Film Review
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What makes the Maysles' work special lies in how they manage, by focusing so intently on their subjects, to elicit a body of information that the audience is compelled to examine for its possible meaning.

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11 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Frailty (2002)

Moody, perverse, and full to busting with metaphorical cautions.

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11 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Changing Lanes (2002)

PULL.

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Piano Teacher (2001)

Haneke's films challenge not only media violence, but also unsuccessful satires of media violence, like Oliver Stone's indulgent, bloodily hedonistic 'Natural Born Killers'.

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

No Such Thing (2002)

Arid and hermetic, it's the first misstep in Hartley's intriguing and varied career.

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

High Crimes (2002)

'High Crimes' is a movie starring Ashley Judd whom someone has determined is the ideal Flinty Woman in Danger.

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E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982/2002)

The rerelease of 'E.T.' raises questions that underscore the difference between the Reagan-Bush years and the years of Bush Jr. and Dick Cheney.

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Death to Smoochy (2002)

PULL.

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Crush (2001)

'Crush' is surely 'quaint,' but . . . it's also sad in ways it probably doesn't mean to be.

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28 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

The Rookie (2002)

The conflicts are familiar, but 'The Rookie' presents them admirably and resolves them without sap overload.

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28 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Panic Room (2002)

In lieu of plot or character, 'Panic Room' offers the house.

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28 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Clockstoppers (2002)

For a movie about messing with time, it is quite linear and conservative.

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Journeys With George (2002)

Bush is many things to many people: a tyrant, a savior, a great guy, a shyster, a man of the people, and a moneyed elitist.

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21 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Sorority Boys (2002)

If there is a movie that might make me agree with conservative pundits assailing the 'vulgarity' and gross-out humor of contemporary U.S. culture and much recent Hollywood teen fare, 'Sorority Boys' would be it.

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21 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Blade II (2002)

The Daywalker has his own agenda, still fever-dreaming and raging, but changed too.

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14 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Showtime (2002)

The trouble with 'Showtime' is that it never lets up on its self-congratulatory wink-winking.

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14 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Resident Evil (2002)

Alice's amnesia is Resident Evil's best trick.

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14 Mar 2002 // 3:00 PM

Harrison’s Flowers (2002)

Goes at both war and romance from a decidedly oblique angle.

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