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29 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Sea (Hafið) (2002)

Shooting for King Lear, Kormákur instead gives us much ado about nothing.

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29 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Manic (2001)

Lyle confronts a pack of variously troubled kids, joined together in relentless and surly angst.

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29 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Italian Job (2003)

As soon as John utters the words 'last job' to his darling girl, his fate (like the film's) is sealed.

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29 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Finding Nemo (2003)

What I find more intriguing is the timeliness of Marlin's dilemma, raising his child in an ever more dangerous and unpredictable world.

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22 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Ten (2002)

Abbas Kiarostami has made a career of demolishing our complacency as viewers, blurring the divides between fiction and documentary, spectator and screen.

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22 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Spellbound (2002)

In depicting their struggle for the American Dream, Spellbound can be as wide-eyed and innocent as its young subjects.

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MC5 * A True Testimonial (2002) - PopMatters Film Review)

The MC5 were an extremely proficient musical unit that genuinely lived their lives according to the credo, 'Kick out the jams.'"

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22 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

The In-Laws (2003)

Robin Tunney's cool aversion to stereotype is easily The In-Laws' most valuable asset.

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22 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Bruce Almighty (2003)

Jim Carrey needs a vacation from himself.

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15 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

People I Know (2003)

It's a tribute to Pacino's skill as an actor that, although we pity Eli, we also understand his fatigue.

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15 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Fellini: I’m a Born Liar (2003)

The right way to make a documentary on Fellini is to fantasize a little about the persona, rather than to seek the 'truth' of the man.

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15 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Down With Love (2003)

At its best, Down With Love celebrates this fictional elegance with a corresponding airiness.

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Dracula: Pages From a Virgin’s Diary (2002)

The lasciviously titled Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary is a reliably unhinged exponent of Maddin's antiquarian vision.

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15 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

Both the terrorists and the administration, ironically, invest in a paradoxical faith -- in the power of seeing and remaining unseen.

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14 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Morpheus is a stanch warrior and provocative thinker, as well as a black man in a world where the machines' agents tend to be white men in suits.

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12 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Shadow Boxers (1999)

Brings this talent, laboring in obscurity, to light.

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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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