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  • Catcher in the Sky

    published December 26, 2002

    Everything about Catch Me If You Can, the loosely based-on-fact tale of a teenager who swindled millions while posing as, among other... More >>

  • Adapt This

    published December 19, 2002

    Adaptation is the most overrated movie of the year (of all time?) by people who should know better. Film critics have either been suckered... More >>

  • End of the Road

    published December 12, 2002

    Notes from a network executive's forthcoming biography, pilfered from the desk of an editor at a major publishing house. This was hard to read, as... More >>

  • No Glass Slipper

    published December 12, 2002

    Maid in Manhattan, in which Jennifer Lopez goes from pauper to princess, comes not from a screenplay but from a handful of self-help books... More >>

  • Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man

    published December 5, 2002

    "God knows how I adore life," Beth Gibbons whispers at album's dawn, before it gives way to 10 songs that suggest the opposite; "so tired of... More >>

  • Ahoy, Oh Boy

    published November 28, 2002

    It's doubtful Robert Louis Stevenson imagined his Treasure Island populated by cyborgs and scored to Goo Goo Dolls outtakes; and one has to... More >>

  • What Was Going On

    published November 28, 2002

    The tragedy is that even those who should have known better didn't know at all; how could they? The names they sought weren't listed, their... More >>

  • U2

    published November 21, 2002

    The acolyte will deride the obvious misses amid this collection of hits; the casual fan won't even notice, since the casual fan skipped most of... More >>

  • Scratching the Surface

    published November 14, 2002

    Late last month, Interscope Records at long last released Nirvana, a 14-song best-of with not only tracks from Bleach,... More >>

  • Run, Rabbit, Run

    published November 14, 2002

    Three years on, the besieged phenomenon -- the scourge, the antichrist or the Vanilla Ice of the '00s, pick 'em -- has been rendered beloved; when... More >>

  • Foo Fighters

    published November 7, 2002

    By now, the story of the Foo Fighters' fourth album has been well-documented. There was drummer Taylor Hawkins' near demise from the dumbass... More >>

  • Without Him -- or Them

    published October 31, 2002

    What bubbles through the veins of the online underground eventually trickles into the mainstream, and by the time the New York Times comes... More >>

  • Ho Ho Huh?

    published October 31, 2002

    The Santa Clause, released at the height of Home Improvement's popularity, played like a Very Special Holiday Episode of that... More >>

  • Whose Truth?

    published October 24, 2002

    Once more, it all boils down to the stamps -- which, if you have seen Stanley Donen's 1963 comic-thriller Charade, nearly ruins the last 10... More >>

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    published October 10, 2002

    Tom Petty's as pissed as a millionaire gets, meaning you'd best take this, ahem, concept album about rock 'n' roll corruption with a grain of salt... More >>

  • The South Falls, Again

    published September 26, 2002

    So there's no confusion, the star of Sweet Home Alabama is Reese Witherspoon, who graces the film's poster in full-body pout and appears on... More >>

  • Burr, Not Chilly

    published September 19, 2002

    Among the more preposterous rumors spread by Harry Knowles, whose Ain't It Cool News movie-biz gossip Web site garners undue attention from... More >>

  • Almost? Not Even.

    published September 19, 2002

    In The Banger Sisters, Goldie Hawn plays Suzette, an aging groupie too stuck in a gloriously seedy past to move into the future. It's 2002,... More >>

  • Deaf and Dope

    published September 12, 2002

    Read My Lips (Sur Mes Lèvres) puts forth the fascinating and heretofore unexamined theory that being deaf offers estimable... More >>

  • New Order World

    published September 5, 2002

    To misappropriate a choice comment from TV journalist turned music-biz impresario Tony Wilson, I'll just say, "Ian Curtis." If you know what I... More >>

  • Fallon Fast

    published August 22, 2002

    Things you will learn from a forthcoming oral history of Saturday Night Live: Dan Aykroyd slept with, among others, Gilda Radner, Laraine... More >>

  • Team G-Attica

    published August 22, 2002

    Andrew Niccol keeps making the same movie over and over again, dressing it in slightly different clothes: the sleek charcoal Hugo Boss grays of... More >>

  • Joystick Cinema

    published August 15, 2002

    Up to a certain point, Paul Marino's story is a familiar one, especially to any single guy in his 20s who likes playing with his joystick. Four... More >>

  • Do the Math

    published August 8, 2002

    A press pass, reporter-turned-novelist Gregory McDonald once said, is good for one thing: It allows the journalist to ask very smart people... More >>

  • Spacemonkeyz vs. Gorillaz

    published August 8, 2002

    After putting one over on the public — by which I mean the fanatical hundreds who keep up with Damon Albarn's digital circle jerks — the... More >>

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