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  • Jul 28 - Aug 3, 2004
  • Vol. 24, No. 42

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  • Carandiru

    Carandiru is the name of an infamously overcrowded prison in São Paulo where a riot in 1992 led to more than 100 unarmed inmates being killed by the police. Brazilian director Hector Babenco (Pixote, Kiss of the Spider Woman) has fashioned an over-the-top, garishly melodramatic pulp depiction of life in the prison before and during the riot with enough bloody tragedy to fill a half-dozen films.
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  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

    This stoner/road-trip comedy features two Asian-American (but more middle-class suburban) buddies who get super-stoned and go on a journey to obtain White Castle burgers. Despite a few laughs, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is the film equivalent of eating a sack full of greasy sliders: The first few bites are heavenly, while the rest leaves you feeling more sick than satisfied.
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  • Catwoman

    To take the ripe-and-ready concept of a woman possessing the mystical and physical prowess of a cat and waste it on an hour-and-a-half music video is just plain criminal. Even by the standards of a popcorn-munching, comic-book movie blockbuster, this film is just plain ridiculous as Halle Berry tries hard to make us forget she won an Academy Award.
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  • The Bourne Supremacy

    For those hoping for a summer movie not laden with computer effects or comic book heroes or unpopular teen girls fighting with very popular teen girls, don’t look to The Bourne Supremacy. The sequel to the 2002 hit The Bourne Identity featuring Matt Damon is nothing more than a pumped and revved version of the first with nonstop combat and incessant, migraine-inducing jump cuts.
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