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3 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Cinderella Man

Whether sad, frustrated, or even thinking about losing his temper, Jim is never less than stalwart.

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28 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Saving Face (2005)

The center of Alice Wu's debut film, Saving Face, Wil is both driven and dutiful.

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28 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Madagascar (2005)

What could be better -- you have four legs, all kinds of energy, and all the room in the world?"

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28 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Longest Yard (2005)

Sandler is resolutely unriled, whether abused by guards, the warden, or his own teammates, which makes him a decidedly peculiar action comedy hero.

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28 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Layer Cake (2004)

The hero of Layer Cake has no name. This matters less than you might think.

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28 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Eros (2004)

Wong Kar-Wai's section follows Miss Hua (Gong Li in some of the most gorgeous dresses ever photographed), a sultry but also wistful Hong Kong call girl.

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20 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

3-Iron (Bin-jip) (2004)

The oddly mystical, utterly material film opens with a set of images and sounds almost too close to identify.

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Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) - PopMatters Film Review
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Mad Hot Ballroom doesn't cover up the difficulties of losing, even when showing the exultation of winning.

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20 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling are classic tragic characters: incredibly intelligent men felled by their own hubris.

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20 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Beautiful Boxer (2004)

The fight scenes are engrossing, drawing attention to a broader exploration of the friction between two gender ideals.

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

For all its lavish effects, Sith's primary purpose is to showcase Anakin's dilemma.

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13 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Unleashed (2005)

At once ferocious and delicate, brilliantly choreographed by Yuen Wo-Ping, the fights are like dance numbers.

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13 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Mindhunters (2005)

In Mindhunters, the relationship between realness and not is especially fraught.

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13 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Monster-In-Law (2005)

Though the pathologies Fonda and Lopez embody tend to be framed as individual, they are symptomatic and well rewarded.

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13 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Kicking & Screaming (2005)

Mike Ditka has the most fun here, announcing to his young charges, 'I eat quitters for breakfast and I spit out their bones.'"

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13 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Bullet Boy (2004)

Bullet Boy begins by the stylized violence book: a boy, locked in the boot of a moving car, uses a key-ring torch to get an idea of his surroundings.

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6 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

As history, it is mightily revisionist -- a blacksmith named turns inadvertent defender of Jerusalem, devoted to the notion that Muslims and Christians can get along.

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6 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

House of Wax (2005)

Carly and Wade are separated, meaning only that he is the film's first casualty.

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6 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Crash (2004)

The lesson seems geared toward those viewers who were surprised by the Rodney King video, that is, people who don't regularly deal with cultural collisions.

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XXX: State of the Union (2005)

Ice Cube makes an unusual action hero, cooler and shorter than most.

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