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Sunday, January 27 2013

The Best Films of 2012

From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.


Sunday, January 6 2013

The Best Female Film Performances of 2012

From a precocious young girl bravely battling the elements to much older women waging war with their own demons, 2012 was a standout year for actresses, with these being some of the very, very best.


Wednesday, September 5 2012

The 2012 PopMatters Fall Film Preview - Part 3: November

While the pickings may seem slim this month, thanks to new offerings from Robert Zemeckis, Ang Lee, and Steven Spielberg, the possibilities appear endless.


Monday, January 16 2012

The Best Female Film Performances of 2011

It was a monumental year for women in film as our selections for 2011's best female performances indicate... over and over and over again.


Wednesday, September 10 2008

Talk, Talk, Talk: November 2008

Like the sainted sigh of relief that comes after another shriek-filled All Hallow's Eve, November usually means the start of the 'nominate me' process for the proposed prestige pictures of 2008.


Reviews

Sunday, November 18 2012

Exquisite Suffering: 'Anna Karenina'

Again and again, Anna is bereft, isolated, frightened. That this is more a function of her world than her is a point left to fester: she believes it's them, and then she believes them, that it's her.


Tuesday, June 21 2011

Sydney Film Festival 2011: 'Hanna'

This premise of wild girl unleashed on the world is not exactly original, but Hanna has an intriguing angle to it – it’s not often it’s a female in the lead role for this genre,


Thursday, April 7 2011

'Hanna': A Perfect Soldier

Along with makeup and sisterly advice, the regular teenager Sophie provides the trained killer Hanna with a glimpse of what she's missed.


Wednesday, August 12 2009

The Soloist

True stories can occasionally be their own worst enemy, as in this unevenly executed exploration of overwrought melodrama.


Friday, April 24 2009

The Soloist

The Soloist illustrates Nathaniel's internal life -- his music and his madness -- in reductive, sensational imagery.


Atonement [2.Apr.08]
Atonement [6.Dec.07]

Blogs

Thursday, April 7 2011

Run, Saoirse, Run!: 'Hanna'

For many, this movie will be one great big tease. Those who sync in will celebrate its audacity. Somewhere in the middle lies the truth - as well as the reason the film ultimately unravels.


Friday, January 22 2010

Sins and Sensibility: Atonement (2007): Blu-ray

It's said that confession is good for the soul. Of course, this assumes one has a conscience worth redeeming. It's clear that not everyone would


Friday, April 24 2009

'Soloist' Suffers from a Lack of Honesty

Not every true story makes for good cinema. Sometimes, an intriguing idea is just that - a decent concept that can't take the transition from


Sunday, March 16 2008

Sins and Sensibility: Atonement (2007)

It's said that confession is good for the soul. Of course, this assumes one has a conscience worth redeeming. It's clear that not everyone would


News

Monday, April 27 2009

Movie version of reporter's story twists the facts, but in this case, he's OK with it

So there's Jamie Foxx, in ragtag yellow and magenta, standing on a Los Angeles sidewalk, talking to Robert Downey Jr. The scene cuts up and


Friday, April 24 2009

Jamie Foxx goes for gold every time

Is there a figure in show business today with more breathtaking ambition than Jamie Foxx? A chart-topping pop star at 41, a "brand name" comedy talent


Thursday, December 13 2007

James McAvoy gets a big role as a man wronged in 'Atonement'

TORONTO -- "Don't do that stupid thing with your mouth that you do." Those were James McAvoy's marching orders -- "probably the most useful thing"


Wednesday, December 5 2007

Character is a must for 'Atonement' star Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley has crooked teeth. You may not have noticed, as they are frequently hidden behind that trademark pout of hers. But she has noticed,


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