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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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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Maybe Baby (2000)

Maybe Baby's sight gags are sometimes hilarious and the story is often engrossing. But the execution falls flat.

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Méliès The Magician / The Magic of Méliès (1997/2001) - PopMatters Film Review

No matter how hard he tried, Méliès could not put aside the role of conjurer.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Mulholland Drive (2001)

Like many of his other works, 'Mulholland Drive' has a dream logic, whereby characters morph, metaphors are made literal, and a stylistic fluidity juxtaposes with a disjointed narrative structure.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Mifune (1999)

When Kersten (Anders W. Berthelsen) courts material success in Copenhagen, he also captures his wealthy boss's daughter, Claire (Sofie Grabol).

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Moulin Rouge (2001)

I imagine that at the 'real' Moulin Rouge, the thrill wasn't just a bit of nipple and a flash of panties, but the whole entertainment package, which no doubt included exuberant 'daring' new music intended to shock and titillate the sensitivity of the bourgeoisie -- kind of like rock-and-roll or punk in our times.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Meet the Parents

The storyline develops as we know it will. Except for one thing: the primary couple is DeNiro and Stiller.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975/2001)

The social/political commentaries . . . are still relevant and imaginative, and the inventive physical and verbal humor is still the stuff that bladder accidents are made of.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Magnolia (1999)

Riding in his cruiser, LAPD Officer Jim Kurring (John C. Reilly) explains what his days are like. While he laments “so much violence,” he also

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

The Mexican (2001)

'The Mexican' follows the turbulent near-end of the relationship between hapless Mafia gopher Jerry Welbach (Brad) and his obsessive, psycho-babbling girlfriend Samantha Barzel (Julia), who reduces everything in her life to 'blame-shifting' and others' inability to express their emotions.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Modulations (1998)

Modulations looks at the hyperreal world of global rave, house, trip-hop, and experimental electronic culture, featuring a cast of the most revered DJs and producers, journalists and fans-on-the-street, stars and some lesser-known artists.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Moulin Rouge (2001)

She's the perfect drag queen, embodying the ruthless paradox of entertainment. She is the show that must go on and cannot.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Maryam (2000)

So disappointing because of the unfulfilled promise of a firm stand on news broadcasting and the media.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Magnolia (1999)

As Academy Award nomination season rolls around, I hope that Paul Thomas Anderson’s absolutely brilliant Magnolia receives the accolades that it so richly deserves.

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1 Jan 1995 // 12:03 AM

Man on the Moon (1999)

Far be it from me to accuse Hollywood of wishful thinking. But as the closing credits for Man on the Moon roll under Andy Kaufman's (Jim Carrey's) timid gaze, it's easy to think the film has been seduced by its own notion that a life of sufficient celebrity can offer freedom from the mortality that afflicts ordinary souls.

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