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Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best 30 Films of 2009

In one of the rarest rating periods ever, several on the staff could successfully argue for any of the Top 30 choices as a potential number one. While not all classics, they remain the consistent cream of 2009's crop.


Tuesday, April 28 2009

Summer of Same: July 2009

In a rare attempt at novelty, July jets along with only Harry Potter and the Ice Age crew sampling continuing series spoils. The rest provide unknown pleasures.


Wednesday, January 23 2008

Gone and Not Forgotten: The PopMatters DVD Wish List

A lot of good movies are still missing from DVD. Here is a list of 25 that PopMatters feels have been unceremoniously left to simply fade away.


Columns

Wednesday, March 21 2012

In Defense Of... The HBO Television Series, 'Luck'

In light of a third animal death on set, HBO swiftly canceled its promising new racetrack drama. But considering the latest obsession with television nostalgia, was immediately axing the show the right move? Or even better, was it the least bit hypocritical?


Reviews

Monday, March 17 2014

Should 'Thief's Protagonist Be Punished or Praised?

Thief, like the best crime films, forces the viewer to rethink traditional conceptions of criminality.


Thursday, February 21 2013

Two Men Fueled by Stubbornness: 'The Insider'

Michael Mann's crime pictures often pit two men on opposite sides of the law against each other. Here, the two men eventually join the same side, albeit with some reluctance.


Saturday, January 28 2012

'Luck' Features Vivid Moments of Primal Action

At the end of every race in Luck, the viewer exhales, looks upon the faces of the horse track faithful, and thinks, “So that’s why they do it.”


Monday, January 10 2011

Hawkeye Is Back in Hi-Def: 'The Last of the Mohicans'

For the truly obsessed, The Last of the Mohicans is newly available in sleek Director’s Cut Blu-ray format. New tomahawk sound effects included.


Wednesday, February 3 2010

Public Enemies

Public Enemies builds on a tacit rejection of gangster movies -- their glamor, their mythologizing, their epic sweep are all replaced by the ins and outs of bank robbery.


Public Enemies [30.Jun.09]
Miami Vice (2006) [27.Jul.06]
Ali (2001) [24.Dec.01]
The Insider (1999) [31.Dec.94]

Blogs

Monday, March 4 2013

Within the Media Monster: 'The Insider'

The Insider remains a cracker jack thriller. It's the All the President's Men of Big Tobacco.


Friday, December 4 2009

Public Enemies (2009): Blu-ray

It's all about immersion. It's all about historical context and accuracy. It's all about character and the defiant need to stay true to same. And


News

Sunday, July 5 2009

Michael Mann explores the legendary dark sides of home

CHICAGO — Michael Mann, the son of Jack and Esther Mann and the director and co-writer of "Public Enemies," grew up all around Chicago. At 66, his


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