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Peter Rainer

July 21, 2003 | Movie Review
Candid Cameras

Eleven filmmakers from around the globe offer up short takes on the World Trade Center tragedy in September 11.

July 14, 2003 | Movie Review
French Twist

Claude Berri’s deftly played romantic comedy The Housekeeper stands out as an adult alternative amid a sticky slew of popcorn blockbusters.

June 30, 2003 | Movie Review
Cheap Thrills

A British import, 28 Days Later, brings the zombie genre back to life. Swimming Pool fails to make a splash.

June 23, 2003 | Movie Review
Not So Jolly Giant

The Hulk
Directed by Ang Lee; starring Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly.

Hollywood Homicide
Directed by Ron Shelton; starring Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett.

June 16, 2003 | Movie Review
Cold Heart

Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s The Heart of Me, set in pre- and postwar London, aims to be a passionate love story. But it’s so prim and starched, it could have been made 60 years ago.

June 9, 2003 | Movie Review
The Professionals

The Italian Job offers plenty of classic heist-movie high jinks, but the real thrills come from watching an all-star cast that’s allowed to just do its job.

June 2, 2003 | Movie Review
Commercial Break

Together follows a violin prodigy from the Chinese countryside who, when faced with the prospect of fame and fortune, makes the "right" decision and walks away.

May 26, 2003 | Movie Review
Science Friction

The Matrix Reloaded scores with its balletic fight sequences, special effects, and sexy stars in fetish-wear. Unfortunately, it’s also loaded down with feeble mythmaking.

May 12, 2003 | Movie Review
Out of Shape

In The Shape of Things, Neil LaBute shows he can create women behaving as badly as men; the pageant of mutant humanity lengthens in the blockbuster X2: X-Men United.

May 5, 2003 | Movie Review
Latin King

Javier Bardem fills the screen with his commanding presence in The Dancer Upstairs. Spellbound follows eight striving students as the National Spelling Bee approaches.