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Peter Rainer

May 17, 2004 | Movie Review
War of the Poses

Homer’s Greeks battle—vainly and in vain—for epic grandeur in the $175 million Troy. Strayed nails the dreadful reality of WWII.

May 10, 2004 | Movie Review
Where's the Beef?

After gorging on Big Macs for 30 days in Super Size Me, director Morgan Spurlock winds up full—of himself. Mean Girls has a sweet streak.

May 3, 2004 | Movie Review
Mixed Marriage

She’s icy, he’s charming, they’re both divorce lawyers—and despite their utter lack of chemistry, they get hitched in Laws of Attraction.

April 26, 2004 | Movie Review
Stress Rehearsal

Stick Nick Nolte and Sean Penn on a Sam Shepard set, and the sparks should fly, right? Not in this even-tempered documentary.

April 19, 2004 | Movie Review
Blood Sport

For all their smoking shotguns and crimson-drenched samurai swords, Quentin Tarantino’s epics of mayhem tell us nothing about real violence.

April 12, 2004 | Art Review
Things Fall Apart

In Dieter Roth’s disorderly art, the ideas sometimes fare about as well as the rotting fruit and other detritus that formed his palette.

April 12, 2004 | Movie Review
Force of Nature

The tranquil beauty of a Korean Buddhist monastery is no match for human cruelty in the stunning Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . and Spring.

April 5, 2004 | Movie Review
Low Country

With Tom Hanks as a charming southern con man, the Coen brothers slip a whoopee cushion under a comedy of manners in The Ladykillers.

April 5, 2004 | Top Five
Top 5 Restaurant Seders

Restaurant riffs on passover seders, semi-traditional and otherwise.

March 22, 2004 | Movie Review
Memory Lane

Despite its tangled plot and avant-garde style, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind harks back to classic, romantic screwball comedies.