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8 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

xx/xy (2003)

Coles isn't so much a boy as he is his idea of a boy.

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The Shape of Things (2003)

This version of Neil LaBute's ongoing project is crisp and aggressive, occasionally alienating or annoying, that is, effectively unlike other movies.

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8 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Lilya 4-Ever (Lilja 4-ever) (2002)

Lilya's fascination with Britney Spears takes on sinister overtones when one of her customers forces her to act and dress like a naughty schoolgirl.

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8 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Daddy Day Care (2003)

Too many scenes (and far too many montages) seem in slow motion, even though they involve kids moving at something approximating warp-speed.

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8 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Charlotte Sometimes (2002)

The cool tones of 'Charlotte Sometimes' suggest the characters' detachment, from themselves and one another.

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8 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

City of Ghosts (2002)

A strangely moralistic romance, premised on his relationship with the setting, Cambodia.

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The Man From Elysian Fields (2001)

Despite much swirling and swooping of the camera, it winds up looking like a moderately well directed TV movie.

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5 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Mystery of Picasso (Le Mystère Picasso) (1956)

Clouzot seeks to uncover nothing less than the 'mystery,' not merely of Picasso's process of painting, but of artistic production itself.

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It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955)

The mind of man had thought of everything -- except that which was beyond his comprehension!"

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Frazetta: Painting with Fire (2003)

Lance Laspina's film gives long overdue props to an artist whose influence reaches farther than most of his more 'mainstream' contemporaries ever will.

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1 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

X2: X-Men United (2003)

At once all powerful and utterly powerless, this involuntary terrorist is the first mutant you meet in X2.

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1 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Soulsville (2003)

Director Bob Sarles has an aficionado's affection for these musicians, and he lets them speak and sing and play for themselves.

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The Real Cancún (2003) - PopMatters Film Review
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There are a few laughs at the expense of some of the more enthusiastically foolish men, but for the most part, the film is weirdly free of irony.

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The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

'Goodbye Lizzie McGuire, hello Fabulous!' Lizzie exults, as if there's a difference between the two.

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The Dark Side of the Heart (El Lado Oscuro del Corazón) (1992)

Here Death is Oliverio's sparring partner, a sardonic harridan who trades barbs with him like an existentialist Alice Kramden.

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28 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Big Shot’s Funeral (Da Wan) (2001)

A sprawling modern day fable where East meets West on a movie set.

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Raising Victor Vargas (2003)

At once affectless and affecting, 'Raising Victor Vargas' is remarkably self-possessed for a first-time feature.

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24 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Man Without a Past (2002)

[It's] about tragedy, specifically, its purifying powers.

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24 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

A Mighty Wind (2003)

In its focus on these reunited '60s folkies, 'Wind' engages in that most virulent form of nostalgia: '60s-itis.

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24 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Levity (2003)

Memory is a tricky business. So are movies that mess with it.

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