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23 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Agronomist (2003)

Jonathan Demme's documentary spends less energy lamenting or even raging than it does extolling the vitality and resilience of its subject.

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15 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Young Adam (2003)

Joe's trajectory through post-war Glasgow and Edinburgh takes on a sort of dread inevitability.

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15 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Punisher (2004)

Ungainly and grim, the movie is loaded with comic-book heroic clichés and explosive effects.

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15 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)

Beatrix's survival depends on her weird combinations of passion, dispassion, and compassion.

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15 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Dogville (2003)

The accusation that the film is 'anti-American' says less about Von Trier than it does about the American psyche.

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Johnson Family Vacation (2004)

Everyone is unhappy at the prospect of the drive from L.A., as it entails numerous days stuffed in Nate's newly outfitted SUV.

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8 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Io non ho paura (2003)

Children are imaginative, courageous, and observant. And they are scared for good reasons.

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8 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Girl Next Door (2004)

For all its raunchy allusions and language (and porn stars), the film is essentially conservative, as Matt succeeds in romance and business.

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8 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Ella Enchanted (2004)

It is an updated fairy tale that, for all its charms, can't quite break out of its old-time constraints.

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8 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Alamo (2004)

Standing on a rooftop at the Alamo, the apparently valiant and suddenly insightful Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton) pulls out his fiddle.

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1 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Walking Tall (2004)

Charming and correct, a savvy media star and self-incorporating product, The Rock embodies our own cynical moment, when the show is what matters.

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The United States of Leland (2003)

Leland will come to be instructive and redemptive for others, just as he has tried to find instruction and redemption in others.

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1 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Hellboy (2004)

The latest hero for our time is red. Fire engine red. Looming over the city from a rooftop, he puffs his cigar and glowers.

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1 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Good Bye, Lenin! (2003)

In Good Bye, Lenin! the world is awakened to new possibilities but Alex forces a social blindness on his mother.

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29 Mar 2004 // 12:00 AM

Underworld Beauty (Ankokugai no Bijo) (1958)

Seijun Suzuki knew that, in order to say great things, sometimes an artist needs to work small.

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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)

In the sequel no one needs to see, the Scooby Gang grapples with the stress of stardom.

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26 Mar 2004 // 12:00 AM

Never Die Alone (2004)

King's funeral opens Never Die Alone, but his throbbing self-consciousness drives it.

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26 Mar 2004 // 12:00 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 // 12:00 AM

Jersey Girl (2003)

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

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