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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Others (2001)

Written, directed, and scored by the young Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenabar, 'The Others' explores the evolving relationship between Grace and the servants, especially Mrs. Mills, as this mirrors Grace's changing perception of herself, in the world.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Nico and Dani (2001)

'Nico and Dani' is probably what 'Dawson's Creek' would be if it was directed by Almodovar.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Novocaine (2001)

Novocaine's biggest concern seems to be with the act of lying, and Frank is far from the only guilty party.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Ninth Gate (1999)

Roman Polanski and Johnny Depp. The match seems made in heaven, these two notoriously eccentric, fascinating, and difficult geniuses, plying their crafts, inspiring brilliance in one another.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Nurse Betty (2000)

It's revealing that Wesley (Chris Rock) remains locked in an ignoble self-image born of gangster and 'hood movies: eager to emulate and please his mentor, he explains his flamboyant violence by saying, 'I'm just trying to make a statement.'"

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Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000)

From start to finish, the film is suffused with Eddie Murphyness, his elevated sense of himself and his desire to do 'what no one else has done before.'"

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Notting Hill (1999)

'The fame thing,' says fictional megawatt movie star Anna Scott, 'isn't really real.' And she should know, since she's played by real-life megawatt movie star Julia Roberts. The fame thing often does seem unreal to people who don't live it, so it's comforting to hear from Anna (or Julia) that it seems unreal to her as well

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Nuyorican Dream - PopMatters Film Review
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Rather than pretending objectivity and maintaining an observational distance on its subjects' legal and environmental problems, 'Nuyorican Dream' takes a stand that is overtly political, emotional, and moral, but never moralistic.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Nurse Betty (2000)

Perhaps LaBute's willingness to let the audience close enough to his characters, both psychologically and physically, to appreciate such minor-key modulations, is the movie's biggest surprise.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Next Friday (1999)

Arriving in theaters five years later, Next Friday is the kind of sequel that will elicit much grumping from critics and other people who purport know what's good for you. The problems with the film are obvious -- like all sequels, it's designed to make money.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Ninth Gate (1999)

In The Ninth Gate, perennial provocateur Roman Polanski throws in his contribution to the millennial apocalypse/Armageddon/hell-on-earth films that have recently been such a staple of the action/adventure genre.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Nightmare Before Christmas (2000)

Jack's ultimate epiphany is in keeping with the themes that usually apply to Burton's benevolent losers.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Not One Less (1999)

Zhang Yimou's new film, Not One Less, feels like a movie that, somehow, I am 'supposed' to like, and I am not just a little bit anxiety-ridden in admitting that, really, I think it is actually somewhat dreadful.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

El Norte (The North) (1983/2000)

I first saw Gregory Nava's intensely beautiful and painful El Norte when I was sixteen or so. My mother's sister had a copy of the film and she made the entire family watch it, one by one.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Next Best Thing (2000)

I must admit, against all my better judgment, I actually rather enjoyed Madonna's new film, The Next Best Thing.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Monkeybone (2001)

In 'Monkeybone', we are given visual representation of (presumably) every man's internal struggle, between his social conscience and his unbridled testosterone frenzy.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Malena (2000)

Here the past is not dead or inert, it always influences the future... 'Malena' recognizes the futility of its own nostalgia.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Made (2001)

To aid him on his travels, Bobby (Jon Favreau) takes Ricky, his childhood friend, boxing partner (they're introduced fighting each other in some cheap venue, for piddling money), and notorious fuck-up. Ricky is played by the affable (when not bar-brawling) Vince Vaughn, who also produced 'Made', and who, in 1996, starred with Favreau in 'Swingers', the film that made them both bankable properties.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Musketeer (2001)

Instead of being innovative, 'The Musketeer' is appropriative and (save for the very clever fight scenes), straight-up insipid.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Monster’s Ball (2001)

'Monster's Ball' leans heavily on Southern Gothic torment and metaphor, as well as bizarre, if historically framed, circumstances.

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