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  • Feb 19-25, 2003
  • Vol. 23, No. 19

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  • Daredevil

    In his saggy, dull-red leather gear, Ben Affleck hangs on the screen like a forlorn biker who's lost his buddies in a bar brawl. There's been a tragic lack of imagination in the handling of this classic comic-book hero — somebody sucked all the chutzpah out of our poor sightless devil.
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  • Lockdown

    Besides a couple of film festival showings in 2000, this B-movie spin-off of Boyz ’N the Hood has been locked away for more than two years. The reason is evident: At best, its script, acting and direction are an uneven motley ranging from effective to ridiculous.
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  • The Guru

    There’s a message in this second-rate movie somewhere — perhaps it’s a parody of American cultists, a joke made all the more explicit by the hero’s accidental success at playing guru to dozens of rich New Yorkers who dub him the "Swami of Sex."
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  • Derrida

    Contemporary French philosopher Jacques Derrida is a charismatic figure — and even those who find the bite-sized bits of his philosophizing offered here obscure will likely be charmed by this man who falls so easily into his role of gray eminence.
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