Articles tagged james cromwell

Part 5: Toy Story 2 to Titus (November - December 1999)

On this final day of PopMatters' 1999 overview, awards season hype gives way to pure acting prowess and definitive directorial flair.

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The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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Iconic - The Top 20 Male Performances of 2008

Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.

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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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The Man Who Wasn’t There: Wrestling with Oliver Stone’s W. and the Enigma of George W. Bush

Stone doesn't "get" Bush’s true historical legacy (any more than the rest of us do in 2008), but he cannily realizes that, warts and all, Bush is an undeniably pivotal figure.

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31 Oct 2008 // 4:11 AM

Audiences turn a deaf ear to preachy Hollywood films

Used to be, going to the movies was a way to escape the bustle and stress of the real world for a couple of hours.

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W.

17 Oct 2008 // 3:00 AM

W.

The readymade caricature George Bush is as much a reflection of his moment as he is an occasion for Oliver Stone's latest stab at revisionist history.

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‘W.’ is Brilliant Political Theater

How did it happen? How did a man with limited governing skills, a track record of career calamities, a laundry list of personality (and parental)

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Talk, Talk, Talk: October 2008

What studio suit thought this was a good idea? With four months to schedule your high priced efforts, you instead unload almost 30 overpriced pictures on an unsuspecting movie audience.

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12 Jun 2007 // 10:59 PM

Pope John Paul II

This film provides insight into John Paul Two's character that no unauthorized biography could have achieved.

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29 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Queen (2006)

When acting the part of a living icon, the aim is to achieve "likeness" rather than the "like", to interpret rather than replicate.

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Robert Greenwald Presents - The Brave New Films Box Set (2006)

Ultimately, if these films do their job, more idle viewers will eventually become the kind of people who will want to do more than wait and watch.

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The Pay Off: The Best Film of 2006

For many of the movies on PopMatters' 2006 list of the year's best films, it is clear that a heavy personal and professional stake was riding on the final product.

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4 Oct 2006 // 4:04 AM

The Queen (2006)

The several shots of Elizabeth II driving her SUV over bumpy roadways are quite the highlight in The Queen.

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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

As polemic, The High Cost of Low Price succeeds in personalizing the effects of a system that allows the ruthlessness of Wal-Mart.

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The Longest Yard: Widescreen Collector’s Edition (2005)

Given the prison's largely nonwhite population, Paul's friendship with Caretaker (Chris Rock) is invaluable in assembling the team.

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12 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under's lack of delicacy is easy to mistake for exploitation. Where other shows hint, this one acts out.

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28 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Longest Yard (2005)

Sandler is resolutely unriled, whether abused by guards, the warden, or his own teammates, which makes him a decidedly peculiar action comedy hero.

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13 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

I, Robot (2004)

'It's harder and harder to make straight-ahead sci-fi and straight-ahead comic book movies,' says Akiva Goldsman.

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Deep Impact: Special Collector’s Edition (1998)

Mimi Leder's Deep Impact is both less and more than a science fiction-styled disaster melodrama.

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Anderson East Ignites a Fire at Mercury Lounge

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"Hot off the release of his album Delilah Anderson East's performance was full of vim and vigor.

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