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“Moonlight Mile” is easily one of the most rewarding film experiences

This might seem an odd way to put it, but writer-director Brad Silberling’s Moonlight Mile could be thought of as a kind of backwards mirror-image…

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“Auto Focus” is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.

The Columbia DVD release of Paul Schrader’s Auto Focus includes a documentary called Murder in Scottsdale, including reenactments, of the discovery of Crane’s body and…

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A film poem inspired by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo: SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR (2002)

Songs from the Second Floor was Andersson’s third feature film, and his first since 1975’s Giliap. He spent most of the intervening time directing commercials,…

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ALL OR NOTHING (2002): Perhaps the greatest strength Mike Leigh’s films have are their casts

This sad, funny, poignant and deeply enjoyable film from Mike Leigh marks a return to his creative roots after the period G&S adventure of Topsy-Turvy….

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Female strength and solidarity in “Femme Fatale (2002)”

“I’m a bad girl, Nicolas. Real bad. Rotten to the heart.” —Rebecca Romijn, Femme Fatale Rating: R (for strong sexuality, violence and language) Genre: Drama,…

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Film Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ (2002)

The first movie was the setup, and this one is the payoff. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” leaves all of the explanations of…

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TALK TO HER (2002): A story about the friendship between two men, about loneliness

Cast Javier Camara as Benigno Dario Grandinetti as Marco Leonor Watling as Alicia Rosario Flores as Lydia Geraldine Chaplin as Katerina Written and Directed by…

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“Adaptation has some sharp Hollywood satire and some wildly funny plot twists

Charlie Kaufman’s screenplay for “Adaptation.” (2002) has it three ways. It is wickedly playful in its construction, it gets the story told, and it doubles…

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“Spirited Away” and the Sophistication of Childhood

In the garden of wonderments that is the body of work by Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki, his 2001 gem Spirited Away is at once…

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Shrek 2 Is Definitive Proof Sequels Can Be Better Than the Original

A certain amount of credit must be given to the filmmaking team behind Shrek 2 for overcoming a seemingly insurmountable obstacle and producing an entertaining…

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