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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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18 Mar 2004 // 12:00 AM

Taking Lives (2004)

In Taking Lives, the enigmatic Illeana (Angelina Jolie) is introduced indirectly.

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18 Mar 2004 // 12:00 AM

Lost Boys of Sudan (2003)

Revealing the stark choices faced by so many refugees who receive the casual beneficence of the West, the documentary also shows reactions of Americans to the unknown in human form.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

At once abstract and heartfelt, sincere and weirdly charming, the film unhinges conventions of linear narrative along with romantic comedy.

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