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Peter Rainer

August 9, 2004 | Movie Review
Top Gunman

For once, Tom Cruise plays the bad guy—a coolly domineering hit man on an all-night killing spree in Michael Mann’s intense Collateral.

July 26, 2004 | Movie Review
Three on a Match

In a bohemian twist on family, two men and a kooky ex-hippie attempt an unusual and affecting ménage à trois. Plus, Spike Lee does his worst.

July 19, 2004 | Movie Review
Different Drummer

Despite his tragic final years, Marlon Brando left a legacy of brilliantly novelistic acting. Plus, Jeff Bridges’s flamboyant turn as a sloshed artiste.

July 12, 2004 | Movie Review
Everyday Superpeople

A tentacled evildoer! A devastated city! A lovelorn wall-crawler! Yes, it’s Spider-Man 2, here to let us know: Even superheroes get the blues.

June 28, 2004 | Movie Review
Burning Bush

Michael Moore is hot for regime change—and if his caustic documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 helps sway the election, what’s wrong with that?

June 21, 2004 | Movie Review
Extreme Makeover

The robotized Über-wives of Stepford, Connecticut, return to the screen in a silly, dull remake that goes no further than skin deep.

June 14, 2004 | Movie Review
Joint Account

To prove his love for his struggling-actress wife, a TV producer finances a play for her. That’s when things go horribly, hilariously wrong.

June 7, 2004 | Movie Review
Fright of Passage

As Harry Potter hits adolescence, the boy wizard gets a new director (Y Tu Mamá También’s Alfonso Cuarón), a new depth, and a new darkness.

May 31, 2004 | Movie Review
Holy High School!

In Saved!, born-again students cope with surprise pregnancy, homosexuality, a horny pastor, and a Jewish classmate. The results are devilishly funny.

May 24, 2004 | Movie Review
Con Anima

Today’s animated features have more style, wit, and soul than most live-action films. But Shrek 2 makes the mistake of going Hollywood.