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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Russian Doll (2001)

'Russian Doll' is above all an enjoyably quirky romantic comedy, and a pleasant way to spend a little vicarious time in a foreign milieu.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The Replacements' particular spin on the relationship between unions and management is simplistic and, more often than not, spurious.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Rules of Engagement (2000)

Two years ago, many critics praised Saving Private Ryan as a new kind of war film that brought the horrors of war home with an unprecedented, visceral intensity..

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Rock Star (2001)

It's disappointing that 'Rock Star'... ends up with such a boring reassertion of straightness, not only with regard to sexual orientation, but also with regard to lifestyles and values more generally.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Romeo Must Die (2000)

Andrzej Bartkowiak's current film Romeo Must Die, which features the incredible martial arts skills of Jet Li, left me a little depressed.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Pollock (2000)

This is the tragedy and romanticized allure of Jackson Pollock, the man: he grew physically, he grew creatively, but he never grew up emotionally.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The Pledge (2001)

Whenever you see a man looking anguished and alone in the opening shot of a film, and especially if he’s surrounded by wide open

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Pootie Tang (2001)

Pootie's got more than one joke, but only enough for this single layered, but thankfully brief, outing..

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Proof of Life (2000)

Alice is quite visibly 'alone,' differentiated by her race and class from the folks who populate the streets, marketplaces, and televised protests against the oil company. And indeed, Alice's bond with Terry begins with the fact that he's Anglo, and she feels she can 'trust' him.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Pay It Forward (2000)

Such heavy-handed plot designing and telegraphing makes the film more tedious than rousing.

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Pokemon The Movie 2000 (2000)

Pokemon The Movie 2000, however, shares no similar instruction; instead, it promotes gender inequality and contradictory ethical lessons. In the end, P2K spurs children to consume more product, in order to perpetuate the Pokemon global dominion.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The Patriot (2000)

There are a lot of old glories waving in The Patriot. Tattered and soiled, they wave across battlefields and plantation lawns, held high by good

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The Patriot (2000)

Okay, so it’s not Braveheart II. In fact, The Patriot is more spectacular, both visually and emotionally, than Mel Gibson’s 1995 Scottish epic. This

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The Princess Diaries (2001)

[In 'The Princess Diaries'], among the many habits Mia must change is her too-teenish tendency to bob her head along with music on the radio ('You're not a doggie on a dashboard!' cries her alarmed grandma).

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Pitch Black (2000)

The scene is grim and very familiar: a hulk of a space ship crawls through the starry darkness, then runs into unexpected trouble, such that its crew is awakened from travel-slumber ahead of schedule.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Piñero (2001)

The first scene in Leon Ichaso's biographical film, 'Piñero', sets up a complex series of relationships between the artist and his demons -- or more pointedly, between the artist and the various audiences he sought to influence and astonish.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Planet of the Apes (2001)

As Tim Burton's new version of 'Planet of the Apes' demonstrates in many ways, some subtle, some not so, the recycling of cultural milestones is not simply a marketing device, but a way to rejuvenate cultural mythology, be it science fiction or religious fable.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Proof of Life (2000)

The camera pans across the protest scene focusing briefly on a placard in Spanish but conveniently translated to English in subtitle: 'Shoot the Imperialist Bastards.' This sudden interjection is startling, set against a backdrop of relative fluff.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The Proposition (2005)

Signaling death and dryness, the flies also mark transitions from one location to another: everywhere, it seems, someone is dead or dying.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Planet of the Apes (2001)

Tim Burton should never have been given this assignment. There are no humans in his films, which can impress, but never move us.

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