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Peter Rainer

October 6, 2003 | Movie Review
One Man Band

Playing a washed-up rocker turned substitute teacher, Jack Black unleashes enough comic energy in School of Rock to fill a stadium.

September 29, 2003 | Movie Review
Generation Gap

Woody Allen tries to court a younger audience. But how many twentysomethings are obsessed with Sinatra, Dostoevsky, and psychoanalysis?

September 22, 2003 | Movie Review
Social Studies

To Be and to Have, a documentary about a single-room schoolhouse in rural France, offers up a poignant vision of how a teacher can shape lives.

September 15, 2003 | Movie Review
Sleepless in Tokyo

In Lost in Translation, Bill Murray plays a man stranded in a posh, all-inclusive hotel that serves as a metaphor for his numbed existence.

September 8, 2003 | Movie Review
For Art's Sake

Taking Sides resumes the age-old debate over whether artists should be held accountable for their politics. Neither side budges.

August 25, 2003 | Movie Review
Child's Play

Thirteen bills itself as an authentic take on being a teen in the age of J.Lo, but these filmmakers still have a lot of growing up to do.

August 18, 2003 | Movie Review
Pekar Experience

American Splendor heroizes Harvey Pekar, a real-life comic-book creator who chronicles the everyday adventures of sad sacks like himself.

August 11, 2003 | Movie Review
Love Bites

In The Secret Lives of Dentists, Campbell Scott plays a cuckolded dentist unable to summon the courage to confront his wife.

August 4, 2003 | Movie Review
Horse Play

Gary Ross reworks the story of Seabiscuit, the champion racehorse of the Depression era, into a redemption myth.

July 28, 2003 | Movie Review
Treacle Treat

Camp is a crowd-pleasing musical that overflows with exuberance, but you’ll want to check your cliché-detector at the door. Also reviewed: Dirty Pretty Things and Bad Boys II