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  • Nov 26 - Dec 2, 2003
  • Vol. 24, No. 7

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  • My Life Without Me

    The plot: A young, working-class mother of two is diagnosed with cancer and has two months to live. The movie: Anything but the predictable tearjerker it could have been. With Sarah Polley, Deborah Harry and Mark Ruffalo; produced by Pedro Almodovar and directed by his associate Isabel Coixet.
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  • Gothika

    A taut, stylish, atmospheric funhouse ride with Robert Downey Jr., Charles Dutton, Penelope Cruz and Halle Berry as a no-nonsense psychiatrist being sucked into a horrible netherworld.
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  • Cat in the Hat

    Think Austin Powers in a cat suit. Think special-effects doo-dads. Think big. Think loud. Forget about the charm of the Dr. Seuss original. Not that the flick doesn’t get some things right, especially Dakota Fanning and Spencer Breslin as kids oscillating from trepidation to a sense of giddy adventure. With Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin and Kelly Preston.
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  • The Merchant of Four Seasons

    A masterful bummer as directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, a giant of the 1970s New German Cinema. Hans Hirscmuller plays an ex-cop reduced to fruit-peddling in a tale is so devoid of lightness as to be nearly comical.
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