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8 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Alamo (2004)

Standing on a rooftop at the Alamo, the apparently valiant and suddenly insightful Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton) pulls out his fiddle.

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1 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

Walking Tall (2004)

Charming and correct, a savvy media star and self-incorporating product, The Rock embodies our own cynical moment, when the show is what matters.

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The United States of Leland (2003)

Leland will come to be instructive and redemptive for others, just as he has tried to find instruction and redemption in others.

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1 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

Hellboy (2004)

The latest hero for our time is red. Fire engine red. Looming over the city from a rooftop, he puffs his cigar and glowers.

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1 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

Good Bye, Lenin! (2003)

In Good Bye, Lenin! the world is awakened to new possibilities but Alex forces a social blindness on his mother.

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29 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Underworld Beauty (Ankokugai no Bijo) (1958)

Seijun Suzuki knew that, in order to say great things, sometimes an artist needs to work small.

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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)

In the sequel no one needs to see, the Scooby Gang grapples with the stress of stardom.

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26 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Never Die Alone (2004)

King's funeral opens Never Die Alone, but his throbbing self-consciousness drives it.

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26 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Ladykillers (2004)

Pious, earnest, and broadly drawn, Marva is the first black character in a Coen brothers movie to occupy center stage. For a minute, anyway.

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James’ Journey to Jerusalem (2003)

Fashions a satire that skewers not only the hypocrisy of global capitalism but also the mores of contemporary Israel.

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26 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Jersey Girl (2003)

Early in Jersey Girl, Ben Affleck cries. It's a grim and alarming moment.

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18 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Taking Lives (2004)

In Taking Lives, the enigmatic Illeana (Angelina Jolie) is introduced indirectly.

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18 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Lost Boys of Sudan (2003)

Revealing the stark choices faced by so many refugees who receive the casual beneficence of the West, the documentary also shows reactions of Americans to the unknown in human form.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

At once abstract and heartfelt, sincere and weirdly charming, the film unhinges conventions of linear narrative along with romantic comedy.

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18 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Don't call it a remake.

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11 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Spartan (2004)

David Mamet extends his famous preoccupation with masculine preoccupations into the murky workings of the U.S. government.

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11 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Secret Window (2004)

The foremost asset of this Stephen King adaptation is the wondrous Johnny Depp.

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11 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Reckoning (2004)

The Reckoning raises significant questions concerning how news and history are shaped by those with the power to name them.

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Broken Wings (Knafayim Shvurot) (2002)

Though the movie never directly references the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its implications are everywhere.

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4 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Trilogy (2002)

That the 'virtual film' can never be grasped entirely is what makes it so intriguing.

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