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Sunday, January 22 2012

The 40 Best Films of 2011

2011 was a year of good, not necessarily great, films, though the amazing choices by our staff might argue against such a overall cinematic classification.


Thursday, January 12 2012

The Best Indie / International Films of 2011

The year's best independent and international films are highlighted by a duo from iconic director Werner Herzog, a staggeringly brilliant frontier-western and a score of top-notch documentaries that illustrate how filmmaking continues to reach new highs.


Monday, May 2 2011

Summer Movie Preview: June 2011

The return of everyone's favorite mutants, the arrival of an intergalactic peacekeeper, and some guy with a bunch of birds marks June's idea of sunny Summer fun.


Sunday, January 30 2011

Missed Movies of 2010, Part 1: 3 Idiots to Lebanon

In part one of our missed movies special feature, the staff looks at a wide variety of titles, from a creepy urban legend, a look at vampires, South African style, and the latest from greats like Mike Leigh and Robert Duvall, to documentaries of such famous (or perhaps, infamous) faces as Joan Rivers and Spalding Gray.


Thursday, January 10 2008

Super Duper Bad: The Worst Films of 2007

From Good Luck Chuck to Julie Taymor's ill-advised Beatlesque '60s tribute Across the Universe, PopMatters presents the dreck of 2007.


Columns

Thursday, June 26 2014

Is There Anything Rob Brydon Can't Do?

Sometimes it seems like Rob Brydon is everywhere in the comedy world. And that's a good thing.


Reviews

Friday, July 27 2012

Rags to Riches to Rags: 'Trishna'

While Winterbottom’s script carves several major elements out of the novel, he does keep true to Thomas Hardy’s vision of a beleaguered lower-class woman who is at the mercy of forces beyond her control.


Wednesday, November 16 2011

‘The Trip’ is a Desperation Odyssey

Bleakly rolling moors and stiff-chinned restaurants bring a chilly tone to this austere, investigative, self-reflexive, and yet somehow rollicking comedy from the winningly self-reflexive Tristram Shandy band.


Friday, June 10 2011

Steve Coogan's Big 'Trip'

In The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a series of meditations on show business, women, and something like the meaning of life.


Wednesday, April 13 2011

Wonderful Performances Carry 'A Summer in Genoa'

Colin Firth stars in Michael Winterbottom's latest, a film about a father and two daughters coping and escaping from a death in the family.


Thursday, November 15 2007

A Mighty Heart

At last, all we have is the horror we began with. Pearl will be beheaded, for nothing, and the world gets a little darker.


Blogs

Tuesday, May 1 2012

Tribeca Film Festival 2012: 'Trishna' + US Premiere Photos

Michael Winterbottom paints his film with the rich and vibrant colors of India, but Trishna's main characters are unconvincing.


Friday, October 21 2011

'The Trip' Offers Food, Friendship,...and Fear.

The Trip is consistently less about the meal and more about the men having it.


Friday, July 9 2010

'The Killer Inside Me': Appropriately Disgusting

The controversy around The Killer Inside Me's unflinching portrayal of violence is misplaced -- it is the use of violence as slick entertainment and a means to self-reflection that is truly disturbing.


News

Wednesday, June 13 2007

Kidnapped journalist's murder leads to Jolie film

SAN FRANCISCO -- "I write this book for you, Danny, because you had the courage of this most solitary act: to die with your hands


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