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Peter Rainer

March 15, 2004 | Movie Review
Wag the Cog

A staunch soldier gets caught up in conspiracy in David Mamet’s noirish Spartan; Hidalgo is Seabiscuit with sand (and Viggo Mortensen).

March 8, 2004 | Movie Review

The unfunny Starsky & Hutch is the latest—but undoubtedly not the last—seventies TV series to get the big-screen treatment.

March 1, 2004 | Movie Review
Passion Ploy

Mel Gibson’s imagining of Jesus’ last hours is a gory bloodbath worthy of a Jacobean revenge tragedy.

February 23, 2004 | Movie Review
Pet Project

Adopting a circus camel is one thing, but persuading a Polish town to love it is a comic challenge eagerly taken up by the heroes of The Big Animal.

February 16, 2004 | Movie Review
Science of Bachelors

The Scandinavian single men under observation in Kitchen Stories make classic comic fodder; The Code is a French thriller that asks, Why kill?

February 9, 2004 | Movie Review
Paris Is Yearning

Bertolucci’s The Dreamers may be rated NC-17, but its cinephilic ménage à trois is more sweet than scandalous.

February 2, 2004 | Movie Review
Colder Mountain

Crippled and frostbitten, Joe Simpson was left to die in the Peruvian Andes. How he survived is the harrowing subject of Touching the Void.

January 19, 2004 | Movie Review
Persian Gulf

Rich and poor live uneasily together in Crimson Gold, Jafar Panahi’s revealing tale of a Tehran pizza deliverer driven to murder.

January 3, 2004 | Movie Review
Best Films of 2003

Our critic names his favorite flicks of the year.

January 4, 2004 | Movie Review
Off Pointe

The Company gets ballet life right, but stumbles when it comes to character; Ben Kingsley rules House of Sand and Fog.