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Final Destination 2

By 2.4.03

Another unsuccessful attempt at the movie that tried to identify Death with Fate and got tangled up in its own metaphysics. But several accidental demises are very cool.

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Biker Boyz

By 2.3.03

The theater of raw masculinity, California biker gang style.

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Amen (Der Stellvertreter)

By 1.26.03

After Costa-Gavras, who next will indict Pope Pius XII, Oliver Stone?

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National Security

By 1.21.03

Its black humor, in more senses than one, comes from the idea of a white guy learning the hard way to see the world through the eyes of a black man.

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Nicholas Nickleby

By 1.7.03

Another illustration of the melancholy truth that you can't get a quart into a pint pot -- or, perhaps, a Victorian novel into a Hollywood film.

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Love Liza

By 1.5.03

An actor’s movie -- written by his brother -- to show off the considerable talents of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Chicago — Whose Kind of Musical?

By 1.2.03

It's very hard to warm up to a musical with not a touch of innocence about it.

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Mad Max

By 1.1.03

Noah Taylor's riveting performance as the young Hitler almost makes this a movie to see.

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Maid in Manhattan

By 12.18.02

Even better than Jennifer Lopez as a post-feminist Cinderella whom no self-respecting sensitive male dare try to rescue is Ralph Fiennes as a Republican superstar of the New York State Assembly!

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About Schmidt Is a Huge Hit

By 12.17.02

Jack Nicholson gives the performance of his career.