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28 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Raising Helen (2004)

Helen's initial efforts to maintain her previous life are as glib as her inheritance of the children.

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28 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Day After Tomorrow (2004)

As the 'eye of the storm' speeds across the screen, instantly freezing everything in its path, Jack looks up to see a flag, turned spastically solid in a second. Here it is, the money shot: the emblematic United States, stuck in time, blind to consequences, fixated on its own reckless self-love.

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28 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Baadasssss! (2004)

At once the biography of Melvin Van Peebles as a young, angry, brilliant filmmaker (played by Mario, who looks achingly like his dad in a couple of shots, with cigar, sculpted face, and black hat), and his own biography.

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20 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Stateside (2004)

Dori Lawrence (Rachael Leigh Cook) is a multi-threat performer, her career reeling between movies and rock 'n' roll, sometime in the 1980s.

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20 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Shrek 2 (2004)

Cute, confident, and utterly stylish in his feathered hat, Puss confronts Shrek and Donkey in the woods: 'Ha ha!'"

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20 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Replay (2003)

Replay is an intriguing film that knows how to take advantage of current audiences' fascination with reality shows.

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Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d’enfants) (2003)

The violence of their romance is striking, sometimes moving, and always disturbing, even as metaphor.

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Coffee and Cigarettes (2004)

Coffee and Cigarettes is a return, of sorts, for Jim Jarmusch.

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13 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Troy (2004)

According to Troy, war is all about reputation.

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13 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

This So-Called Disaster (2004)

The real surprise is Sam Shepard's candor when recounting for Michael Almereyda the painful details of his father's deterioration.

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The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

Guy Maddin's film is swirling with scraps of movie and other recent history.

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13 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

A Slipping-Down Life (2004)

You're left wondering just what Evie sees in Drum, except that abstract backwardsness that she's inscribed in herself.

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Coffee and Cigarettes (2004)

On its own terms, Coffee and Cigarettes is an effective addiction movie, self-indulgent but also familiar and low-key.

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Breakin’ All the Rules (2004)

As lovers who lie to one another as a kind of mating ritual, Gabrielle Union and Jamie Foxx do about as well as possible.

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12 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Punisher (2004)

It is a revenge story, and while we shy away from revenge as a valid motive, at least we still understand it.

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6 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Van Helsing (2004)

Van Helsing is full of monsters -- monster lore, monster jokes, and monster trivia.

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6 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Valentín (2002)

As Valentín describes his situation with unaffected confidence, you see how he might be interested in space flight.

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6 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Super Size Me (2004)

Winner of the Best Director prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me demonstrates graphically that fast food is bad for you.

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6 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

New York Minute (2004)

Mary-Kate and Ashley are what they are, and no one can stop them.

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29 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

Mean Girls (2004)

In Girl World, as in any feral environment, 'When you get bitten by a snake, you're supposed to suck the poison out.'"

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