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Evil Is Art, Murder Is Art, Torture Is Art: On Lars von Trier's 'The House that Jack Built'

It isn't entirely irredeemable, but The House that Jack Built's familiar gimmicks say much more about Lars von Trier as a brand than as a provocateur or artist.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: August 2008

Talk about a crowded schedule. There are more offerings scheduled this month than in the previous two combined.

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The Life Before Her Eyes

Calling up collective fears and resentments, The Life Before Her Eyes offers a most prosaic moral framework.

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Gattaca

This film is quietly provocative, well crafted, and a subtle meditation on the future.

Shaun Huston
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My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

This film hovers somewhere between sappy romantic comedy and action movie, falling back on lazy gender-reversal jokes and super hero tropes.

Kelley Schei
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My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

Eddie Izzard brings a whole other dimension to My Super Ex-Girlfriend, being wily and subversive rather than flamboyant.

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The Producers (2005)

No one can be wholly ruined in a big fat sardonic musical, a form demanding grandeur, gaucheness, and above all, giddy delights. Unfortunately, this movie musical rather forgets the movie part.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Prime (2005)

Wise and soothing, Lisa occasionally sounds more like a girlfriend than the usual movie shrink, and this is, you think, a good thing.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Be Cool (2005)

The John Travolta movie starts off on the wrong foot and proceeds downwards.

Tim O'Neil
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Be Cool (2005)

Utterly out of place, the Rock is the most convincing character in sight.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)

In her discernible contempt, Elle stands in some opposition to Beatrix, whose ferocity is less mean than resolute.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Paycheck (2003)

'A true hero,' says John Woo on the commentary track for the Paycheck DVD, 'always reaches out a helping hand to others.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)

Beatrix's survival depends on her weird combinations of passion, dispassion, and compassion.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Paycheck (2003)

Michael (Ben Affleck) doesn't set out to control anything: he just wants to get paid.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

This is a movie about bodies, about what hurts them on screen and in viewing spaces.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

Even though Sean Penn brings a phenomenally hysterical freshness to Emmett Ray (and he played a similarly mustachioed maniac in Hurly Burly, without the artistic genius), Sweet and Lowdown is familiar ground for Woody Allen, replete with his usual themes.

Josh Jones

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