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Dis Equilibrium

By 12.11.02

Cool violence, all because a ruthless right-wing government outlawed feeling and being nice to pets.

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Empire and the Giuliani Dictatorship

By 12.10.02

A Puerto Rican charmer should have stayed a drug dealer and not got mixed up with those crooks on Wall Street.

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Rabbit-Proof Fence

By 12.2.02

How racist of those Aussies who thought they were bringing civilization to Aborigines down under.

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The Emperor’s Club

By 11.26.02

The likable Kevin Kline may have wanted to play Mr. Chips, but this film's makers have cast him as Regis Philbin.

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The Quiet American

By 11.25.02

Michael Caine is tired and old, and so is the anti-American moral equivalence that informs this ham-fisted adaptation of the Graham Greene novel.

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El Crimen del Padre Amaro

By 11.20.02

The first crime of Father Amaro, it seems, was ever allowing himself to get mixed up with that gang of mobsters known as the Roman Catholic Church.

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By 11.18.02

Atom Egoyan’s curiously unemotional re-telling of the story of the Armenian massacres of 1915 loses itself in its inability to tear itself away from the present day.

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Far From Heaven

By 11.12.02

More anti-1950s propaganda, along the lines of Pleasantville and American Beauty. Will movies a half century from now look back on our time with similar ridicule and scorn?

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The Santa Clause 2

By 11.5.02

Hollywood, as usual, brings us every adult's Christmas fantasy.

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Punch-Drunk Love

By 11.3.02

Paul Thomas Anderson may be brilliant, but he's not brilliant enough to direct Adam Sandler out of being Adam Sandler.