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Michael Caine relishes role of ‘reluctant vigilante’ in ‘Harry Brown’

“This is not a violent film,” insists Michael Caine. “It’s a film about violence.” The 77-year-old English actor is speaking of “Harry Brown,” which

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1 May 2009 // 7:34 AM

Michael Caine: child, rogue and codger all

Just because he plays “a geezer” in his new film, a cranky old performer on his last legs, don’t read any autobiography into Michael

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1 May 2009 // 4:00 AM

Is Anybody There?

Is Anybody There? provides an insightful and sensitive look at the pain of isolation and the connections between people, no matter their ages.

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When Maurice Micklewhite, an aspiring actor from South London, chose a stage name, he came up with Michael, then ... Caine, after glancing at a movie

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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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Psycho Smackdown: ‘Watchmen’‘s Rorschach vs. ‘The Dark Knight’‘s Joker

This time next year, if there is any justice left in this baffling business called show, Jackie Earle Haley will be reaping the same kind

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23 Feb 2009 // 2:50 AM

HOLLYWOOD - Heath Ledger’s sister Kate knew all along. She told us backstage that her brother had been sending her photos from the set

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19 Feb 2009 // 5:23 AM

Academy’s snubbing of ‘The Dark Knight’ is a crime

It conjured up a complex and detailed alternate universe. It featured one of the most convincing portraits of wanton evil ever seen in an American

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27 Jan 2009 // 8:59 PM

Superheroes Versus Comics

There can be no doubt that the summer of 2008 stands as a high-water mark for superheroes. But in the wake of a superhero renaissance and the growing cultural legitimacy of the genre, the question must be posed: Has the superhero genre evolved beyond the comics medium?

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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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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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Let Us Now Praise Ordinary Men: Normalcy, Comics, and The Dark Knight

Without a couple of recognizably fallible and ordinary men like Harvey Dent and Commissioner Gordon at its center, The Dark Knight would ultimately be nothing more than an exceptionally well-tooled and smartly-acted thriller.

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How to play at being a villain: Bardem, Ledger reignite media interest in craft of acting

The verdict is nearly unanimous: As the Joker in “The Dark Knight,” Heath Ledger gives a great performance. But what exactly does that mean? As

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30 Jul 2008 // 4:43 AM

Pop 20: Super hero formula evolving

In only 10 days, the Batman defeated the Joker, delivered a one-two punch to Harvey Dent and amassed more than $300 million at the box office. But

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Batmassive: The Meaning of $300 Million

It only took 10 days. Less than two weeks. It remains a stunning accomplishment. It took Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest 16 days to

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‘Dark Knight’ Is Epic Entertainment

Duality is the nature of man. We all have good and evil inside us. Which side we choose to embrace earmarks our very existence, putting

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17 Jul 2008 // 12:53 AM

The Dark Knight

Batman's dilemma in The Dark Knight is how to use his bad press, whether he will embrace it or continue to fight it.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: July 2008

And it just doesn't stop. If part two in this three-ring play was packed with well hyped product, July just keeps the receipt treats coming.

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9 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

Sleuth

Both dazzlingly brilliant and incredibly irritating, often most irritating when it catches itself being brilliant.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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