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Philip Seymour Hoffman Grappled With Broken Systems in His Final Roles

Both A Most Wanted Man and God's Pocket reminder us of how Hoffman always rose to the occasion of the role and drew our attention to the larger structures at play.

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We’ve Seen This Movie Before: Trying to Make Sense of Philip Seymour Hoffman

The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman hurts more than the typical "gone too soon" tragedy because we are being robbed of an artist performing at the height of his considerable powers.

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Summer of Same: August 2009

With names like Tarantino, Lee, and Zombie, the final month of the season pulls out all the film geek stops. Still, the only guarantee is familiarity, not freshness.

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6 Apr 2009 // 6:20 AM

Without a ‘Doubt,’ this is one fine movie

“Doubt,” the excellent movie John Patrick Shanley adapted and directed from his Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning play, works on many levels. Like the play, the

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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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19 Mar 2009 // 10:00 PM

Synecdoche New York

Consumed with existential dread, this film captures the feeling of near-death angst remarkably well, enough to the point where it's not Caden that's feeling it -- it's the audience.

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Five questions with ... Oscar nominee Viola Davis of ‘Doubt’

Viola Davis seemingly has rocketed onto the scene with her strong performance as Mrs. Miller in “Doubt,” a role that earned her an Oscar nomination

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19 Feb 2009 // 4:31 AM

This year’s Supporting Actor?

When it comes to the best supporting actor Oscar, the winning hand could be held by The Joker. That, of course, is the late Heath

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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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8 Jan 2009 // 6:02 AM

In battle of stage vs. screen, the play wins

As movie adaptations of stage plays go, the recently released “Frost/Nixon” and “Doubt” are among the best of recent vintage, not least because the

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Kaufman’s ‘Synecdoche’ Is Complex, Compelling Quirk

Love isn’t easy. Neither is life. Both bring us so much sorrow and pain that it’s weird how obsessive we are over each

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12 Dec 2008 // 4:51 AM

Doubt

Sister James (Amy Adams) embodies her historical moment, yearning to believe, adhering to tradition, and yet also inspired by a changing world.

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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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Film Raises ‘Doubt’ In Audiences As Well

Faith is a very tricky thing. Belief without a foundation in fact, or the possibility of proving either, gives religion its raison d’être, and

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Charlie Kaufman as director: On the whole, he’s up to the parts

TORONTO - “I don’t need to be mentored,” says Charlie Kaufman, a touch indignant, when asked if Spike Jonze helped out with advice on “

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24 Oct 2008 // 4:09 AM

Synecdoche, New York

Much like protagonists in previous Charlie Kaufman scripts, Caden is an artist in search of his art.

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23 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Identities in Flux

Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York is performance art as civilization-annihilating Godzilla, whereas Eastwood's Changeling is a film that wins the stranger than fiction category, hands-down.

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Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 3

Day Three - The final ten, a cross-culture collection teeming with big ideas, larger than life visions, and perhaps the greatest documentary on rugby you've probably never heard of.

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Ten Great Criterion Titles: What to Watch and Why

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"As the Criterion Collection's ever-growing roster shows, there are simply too many great pictures out on home video to know what to do with.

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