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  • Feb 26 - Mar 4, 2003
  • Vol. 23, No. 20

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  • Gods and Generals

    A more appropriate title for director Ronald Maxwell's prequel to Gettysburg would be The Great Whitewashing of the Rebellion. The film tries to deify Confederate leaders and intentions, but luckily it's far too tedious to be considered propaganda.
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  • Ikiru

    Ikiru (1952), Akira Kurosawa's rather amazing blend of sentimentality and cynicism, part humanist fable and part black comedy, celebrates the indomitable spirit of a minor bureaucrat dying of cancer, while at the same time casting a jaundiced eye at the society around him.

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  • The Life of David Gale

    Although Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet have proved themselves in the past, they waste their talents here on a flawed script. Any dialectic concerning the ethical-moral issues of capital punishment is undermined when the Hollywood murder-mystery formula takes the front seat.
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  • Old School

    A trio of 30-ish grownups start their own fraternity on the campus of a local college, bringing peace, love and kegstanding to males young and old. But despite the presence of "SNL" alum Will Ferrell, this is not Animal House: The Golden Years.
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  • Dark Blue

    Kurt Russell gives a great performance in Ron Shelton’s first effort at directing a movie he didn’t write himself. It’s a cop redemption story whose script is so by-the-numbers it sinks into self-parody, rendering Russell’s effort nearly pointless.
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