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  • Mar 12-18, 2003
  • Vol. 23, No. 22

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  • Tears of the Sun

    Whenever the Nigerian jungle isn’t just a murkier stand-in for Apocalypse Now’s heart of darkness, the light of day exposes its killing fields. It’s an iconography that verges on racism in a film ironically shot by African-American director Antoine Fuqua, but that may just suit its neocolonial narrative — with Bruce Willis.
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  • The Safety of Objects

    Director Rose Troche’s tiresome adaptation of A.M. Homes’ collection of short stories has a seemingly bottomless supply of suburban heartbreak, carefully doled out among four families with little to hide and nothing to lose — with Glenn Close.
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  • Bringing Down the House

    Academy Award-nominee Queen Latifah’s ability at selling even the sorriest script is evident in this white-meets-black comedy whose extreme blandness is made even more obvious by her healthy glow. Costar Steve Martin is positively loathsome as a workaholic lawyer with a constricted sphincter.
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  • Gerry

    Think of director Gus Van Sant’s Gerry more as an experience than a movie, a virtual vacation gone awry. It’s a familiar, everyday, epic fuck-up that you'll either love or hate as it breathes across the screen — with Matt Damon and Casey Affleck.
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