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‘The Reader’ is more nuanced than its detractors give it credit for being

Reviewing “The Reader” in The New Yorker last December, Anthony Lane described the film as “pernicious” and “a low-grade musing on atrocity, garnished with erotic

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How Kate Winslet outdid herself to garner an Oscar nomination

Kate Winslet always was going to land a best actress Oscar nomination this year. That was understood. Otherwise, Vanity Fair wouldn’t have put her

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Oscars ignore ‘The Dark Knight,’ except for Ledger nomination

It was a dark day for “The Dark Knight” as the 81st annual Oscar nominations, announced Thursday, snubbed the most popular film since “Titanic.” Christopher

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Tough and Tender - The Top 20 Female Performances of 2008

Twenty talented ladies, 20 performances worthy of multiple little gold men. Unfortunately, as in all years, someone has to come out on top. But after looking over this impressive list, picking the preeminent turn of 2008 seems almost impossible.

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11 Dec 2008 // 8:59 PM

Shameful Exposure

A fiery Kate Winslet saves morality tale in 'The Reader' while a similarly powerful Meryl Streep can't do the same for the overly certain 'Doubt'.

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Unclear Motives Make this ‘Reader’ Unrewarding

When you turn a book into a movie, context is usually the first creative facet to be sacrificed. Film is so obsessed with movement and

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10 Dec 2008 // 5:03 AM

The Reader

Most obviously, Hannah is unfathomable, the feminine object Michael must figure out and overcome in order to "become a man."

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9 Dec 2008 // 8:26 AM

Holo-Cost

All across the web this past week, it’s been the subject of much metaphysical ink. As awards season slowly winds down, Hollywood is dragging

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The Annihilating Feminine: Kate Winslet Gets Nasty in The Reader

In Winslet’s clever, low-key performance, all of the character’s ambiguousness remains intact, making Hanna her most complicated, mature creation to date.

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24 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

He’s Lost Control

The kids who grew up in the '90s had the haunted Kurt Cobain; my generation had the tormented Ian Curtis.

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4 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

Youth Without Youth

"You learn more quickly, more profoundly in dreams" -- the audience becomes a part of the hallucinations.

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Ode to Joy: Joy Division / Control (2007)

The most revolutionary thing about punk wasn’t the music, though it’s hard to imagine that ‘70s listeners were ready for the Ramones/Sex

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Still larger than life, Francis Ford Coppola now thinks smaller

It’s been 10 years since the great Francis Ford Coppola made a movie, 10 years since we’ve read stories about him battling the elements, the

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Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Male

From the tender and eerie precision of Sam Riley's depiction of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in Control to yet another superlative performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, PopMatters highlights the best male actors of 2007.

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20 Dec 2007 // 4:12 AM

Lightning strikes Francis Ford Coppola again

Francis Ford Coppola, director of classics, blockbusters, oddities and misfires, has returned to the screen with a metaphysical mystery. Weary of the cumbersome machinery of

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18 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

Youth Without Youth

Based on the writings of Mircea Eliade, Francis Ford Coppola's first movie in 10 years is goofy, contrived, and self-absorbed.

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11 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

Control

What could have easily ended up as a humorless exercise in hipster excess turns out warm and snappy.

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7 Nov 2007 // 3:55 AM

Control

Despite occasional strange and impossibly intimate reveries, the film lapses frequently into biopickish shorthand.

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4 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Downfall (2004)

Eva and Hitler kill themselves off-screen, the precise steps they took unseen because, the director says, 'the worst thing that could happen to this most horrible person of history is that he become a myth'.

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4 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)

Downfall's preoccupation with a flesh-and-blood Hitler is central to its meditation on fanaticism.

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'True Detective': Maybe Tomorrow

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"True Detective, Season 2, Episode 3: Where does the kitsch end and the surreal begin?

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