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  • Jan 1-7, 2003
  • Vol. 23, No. 12

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  • Evelyn

    This film's lack of personality permeates all its aspects — from TV movie-esque, affected child acting to the dullest Irish pub scenes ever filmed. Though it's refreshing to see Pierce Brosnan no longer banished to the mediocre land of neo-Bond, it's too bad he doesn't have more to work with.
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  • Antwone Fisher

    Denzel Washington’s straightforward directorial debut has moments of beauty and power, making it hard not to swallow the sentiments of screenwriter Antwone Fisher’s true story hook, line and sinker. It’s a successful, modern example of pure melodrama — with Washington and Derek Luke.
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  • Pinocchio

    Roberto Benigni’s live-action version, filmed in Italian but dubbed in English for American audiences, often feels like a bunch of small stories and situations strung together. And when Benigni opens his mouth and Breckin Meyer’s All-American voice pours out, it’s more than a little incongruous.
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  • Catch Me If You Can

    Leonardo DiCaprio’s unwavering suavity carries this movie about a boy so upset by the disintegrating relationship of the most important adults in his life that he runs away and ends up doing a much better job at pretending to be a grown-up than they ever did as real ones — with Tom Hanks.
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