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Astro Boy New Adventures (Shin Tetsuwan Atom) - Volume 1 - PopMatters Film Review
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I'm about to argue the cultural significance of a cartoon about a robot boy with machine-guns in his butt-cheeks.

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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

So in a post-September 11th world replete with conflicts from Afghanistan to continuous Palestinian-Israeli disputes, the lines between good and evil often seem blurry, and the cut-and-dry antics of galactic warriors instill a sense of hope, a realization of what morality should be. Who would've thought that the likes of Yoda, Obi Wan Kenobi and Chewbacca would serve as heroes for a celluloid generation whose sense of a world order would become crystal clear as a result of a few fictional characters?"

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23 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2002)

Director Shohei Imamura might be Japanese cinema's answer to Tom Waits.

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23 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is about preserving rugged individualism and protecting the homeland.

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23 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Lagaan (2001)

The most remarkable aspect of Lagaan is its triumphant righting of historical wrongs.

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23 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Insomnia (2002)

The sun doesn't go down in Insomnia.

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23 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Enough (2002)

J-Lo rocks combat boots.

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Alberto Giacometti (2001) - PopMatters Film Review
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They form a chilling glimpse into the indifference of the universe against which Giacometti worked.

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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

There are so very many characters playing central roles in the second half of the series, and accounting for all of their geneses is tricky indeed.

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15 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Salton Sea (2002)

Danny's story is part noiry nightmare, part scam saga, and part junkie-underground travelogue.

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15 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

About A Boy (2002)

'About A Boy' is not 'The Hugh Show'. Thank goodness.

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9 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Unfaithful (2002)

Unfaithful examines the trouble men get into when women behave too passionately.

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9 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

The New Guy (2002)

What the heck is Jermaine Dupre doing here?"

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9 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Girls Can’t Swim (2001)

Each event in the girls' lives is presented with a cool, matter-of-fact openness rarely encountered in contemporary American cinema.

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9 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Enigma (2001)

There comes a point in 'Enigma' where Jeremy Northam shows up and you feel grateful.

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9 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Big Bad Love (2002)

Big Bad Love underlines Barlow's concerns about what it means to be a man.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man doesn't get caught up in its own snazzy special effects.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

New Best Friend (2002)

In the end, the class conflict is as mundane as the dialogue.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Hollywood Ending (2002)

The reinvention of Hollywood Ending is not the film, but the 66-year-old Allen as self-promoter.

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2 May 2002 // 1:00 AM

Human Nature (2002)

Human Nature is largely a study of the fine line between being innovative and being asinine.

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