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18 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Ring 2 (2005)

Rachel misses the fact that she's living in a horror movie sequel, which ordains that she's not anywhere near 'starting over' in the usual sense.

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18 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Off the Map (2003)

The fact that they're sharing such tragedies while Richard Nixon is resigning suggests a certain harmony of the universe.

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18 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Melinda and Melinda (2005)

Hobie rejiggers his life in order to make himself look 'available' for Melinda, the joke being that the Allen character is never actually available, but rather, needy, fervent, and clumsily scheming.

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18 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Ice Princess (2005)

Corny as it must be, Ice Princess is substantially bolstered by Trachtenberg's appealing mix of eagerness and grace.

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11 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Robots (2005)

Valiant and righteous, the old-fashioned robots fight back against the slick, wealthy, huge machine.

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11 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Millions (2004)

Millions manages a sophisticated breakdown of global economies and national identity, filtered through a child's brilliantly naïve perspective.

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11 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

In My Country (2005)

In the midst of this outrage, the film negotiates the intricacies of ubuntu by offering instances where a desire for revenge seems impossible to resist.

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11 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hostage (2005)

The crisis begins with a clash between rich people and a trio of conventionally coded 'delinquents'.

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4 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Rory O’Shea Was Here (2004)

Rory rails against a society that is ultimately supportive of him. Instead, he should be rebelling against the screenplay, his more immediate handicap.

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4 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Pacifier (2005)

The image of the kids holding their noses suggests something about the state of Diesel's career, looking quite stalled.

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4 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Jacket (2005)

It's an apt description of how war, waged by the Organization for the Organized, works on its warriors, victims and heroes both.

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4 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Imaginary Heroes (2004)

Dan Harris's Imaginary Heroes keeps digging into Sandy's darkly-secreted past, producing revelations less surprising than wearisome.

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Gunner Palace (2005) - PopMatters Film Review
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The soldiers' sense of dislocation is displayed by their disparate activities and the film's own aptly disjointed structure.

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4 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Dear Frankie (2005)

Dear Frankie uses humor to acknowledge and, temporarily, transcend the fragility of human survival.

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4 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Cursed (2004)

Jimmy's golden retriever Zipper bites him and is turned into a spazzy, poorly CGI-ed wolf-dog, capable of ripping their house to pieces.

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4 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Be Cool (2005)

Utterly out of place, the Rock is the most convincing character in sight.

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25 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Lost Embrace (2004)

It's this unmistakable pluralism that gives a Lost Embrace its warmth and generosity.

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Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

While Helen's story is compelling, it's subsumed by the men's antics.

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25 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Born into Brothels (2004)

The Oscar-nominated documentary film is a look into the lives of children in Sonagachi, North Calcutta's red light district.

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18 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Son of the Mask (2005)

The baby is endowed with awesome powers to shape-shift and abuse every living creature that comes within reach of his chubby little hands.

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