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26 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Ladykillers (2004)

Pious, earnest, and broadly drawn, Marva is the first black character in a Coen brothers movie to occupy center stage. For a minute, anyway.

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James’ Journey to Jerusalem (2003)

Fashions a satire that skewers not only the hypocrisy of global capitalism but also the mores of contemporary Israel.

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26 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Jersey Girl (2003)

Early in Jersey Girl, Ben Affleck cries. It's a grim and alarming moment.

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18 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Taking Lives (2004)

In Taking Lives, the enigmatic Illeana (Angelina Jolie) is introduced indirectly.

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18 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Lost Boys of Sudan (2003)

Revealing the stark choices faced by so many refugees who receive the casual beneficence of the West, the documentary also shows reactions of Americans to the unknown in human form.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

At once abstract and heartfelt, sincere and weirdly charming, the film unhinges conventions of linear narrative along with romantic comedy.

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18 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Don't call it a remake.

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11 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Spartan (2004)

David Mamet extends his famous preoccupation with masculine preoccupations into the murky workings of the U.S. government.

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11 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Secret Window (2004)

The foremost asset of this Stephen King adaptation is the wondrous Johnny Depp.

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11 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Reckoning (2004)

The Reckoning raises significant questions concerning how news and history are shaped by those with the power to name them.

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Broken Wings (Knafayim Shvurot) (2002)

Though the movie never directly references the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its implications are everywhere.

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4 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Trilogy (2002)

That the 'virtual film' can never be grasped entirely is what makes it so intriguing.

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4 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Teknolust (2002)

Tilda Swinton is perfectly suited to Leeson's cyberfeminist project.

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4 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Who could have anticipated that Snoop would be the saving grace of a major studio buddy flick?"

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4 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Hidalgo (2004)

Hidalgo is the story of this horse and his man.

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Broken Lizard’s Club Dread (2004)

A hedonistic island vacation run by washed-up Coconut Pete sounds like a great place for any kind of mayhem, and some does ensue. Just not quite enough.

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26 Feb 2004 // 1:00 AM

Twisted (2004)

Jess identifies with her dead mother but also takes up her father's professional aggression, not so much to right wrongs as discover them.

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The Passion of the Christ (2004)

This problem of truth -- how it might be defined, known, or told -- underlies most all of Mel Gibson's film.

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26 Feb 2004 // 1:00 AM

Eurotrip (2004)

Eurotrip feels like a throwback to late '70s, early '80s films like Animal House, though it's not nearly so funny.

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Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)

Suddenly, Katey's aware of a perspective other than hers and other Americans'.

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