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PopMatters' 2017 Fall Film Preview: At Last, the Film Industry Awakens From Its Slumber
27 Aug 2017 // 10:00 PM
From Gary Oldman in The Darkest Hour to James Franco's meta-experiment Blade Runner: 2049 and Daniel Day-Lewis's final role, here are the movies you'll want to watch ... and a couple you might not.
Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition Part Two
18 Jun 2012 // 6:10 PM
PopMatters follows up our hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature and 2010 update with 50 additions to the essentials list. Part two features Ellen Burstyn, Diahann Carroll and more...
Films for Fans of Visionary Directors
4 Aug 2014 // 9:30 PM
In film, "visionary" has become a marketing adjective, like "iconic". Here, on the matter of visionary directors, we separate the claret from the beaujolais, if you will.
The Great Scores: 'The Fountain' and a Sonic Road to Awe
4 Dec 2013 // 9:30 PM
Clint Mansell’s score for Darren Aronofsky’s metaphysical science fiction film, The Fountain, is a masterpiece of both film music and contemporary art music.
The Incessant Violation in Aronofsky's 'Mother!' Makes Me Mad in a Good Way
13 Oct 2017 // 4:30 AM
The house, wife, and their shared outcry against violation are dangerously tied to white feminism. Viewing Mother! from a racial context circumscribes the power of its possible feminist message.
'mother!' Is Poignant and Powerful, and Not At All Pleasant
15 Sep 2017 // 5:30 AM
This is a grotesque, two-horned beast of a marital drama, a nightmarish vision of emotional abandonment and psychological abuse, all for the sake of art.
It's God vs. Man vs. God in 'Noah'
28 Mar 2014 // 5:00 AM
Noah is not a blasphemous anti-God screed. Instead, it's an amazing movie that misses being an all out masterpiece by one autonomous idea.
The Guild-ed Cages of Awards Season
31 Jan 2011 // 3:30 AM
After decades of decided handwringing, Hollywood finally has what it wants: a sense of specialness undeterred by surprise or a sense of wonder.
'Black Swan' put Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis' friendship to the test
30 Nov 2010 // 4:19 AM
LOS ANGELES — After pirouetting for hours on the set of "Black Swan," Natalie Portman would sometimes remove her pointe shoes, towel the sweat off of
Marisa Tomei tries to find the naked truth in ‘The Wrestler'
11 Jan 2009 // 9:35 PM
There's a phrase that the sportscaster Tony Kornheiser likes to use describing woman of a certain age who retain every bit of their sexual allure