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September 2008

‘Kill’ is Substandard Suspense

Sometimes, an excess of talent can lead to very little in evidence. Put another way, you can overload a film with artistic aspirations, failing to


Girl Gone Child: The Trouble with ‘Towelhead’

There is a fine line between illustration and exploitation. Put another way, there’s a clear delineation between drama and dreck. Dress it up any


Sue Me, Sue You Blues

It’s a safe bet that on any given day in Hollywood, the studios are awash in litigation. No major business can function without frequenting


John Carpenter’s Greatest Hits

Love him or hate him - or perhaps a better means of comparison is ‘revere him or reject him’ - but John Carpenter is much


‘Bangkok’ Desperate: The Meaning of $8 Million

Contemplate the number for a moment…$8 million. One Sixtieth of what The Dark Knight has made so far this Summer. One tenth of the average


Fist of Legend (1994)

In the world of innocuous comparisons, Jet Li will always be Gene Kelly to Jackie Chan’s Fred Astaire. The latter used his grace and


Troubadours (2007)

The notion of returning to your roots is at the core of every life crisis. Getting back to the comfort of the past, to the


Film Focuses on Financial ‘Flow’ of Water

It’s as precious as oil, and just as many wars have (and will) be fought over it. But unlike the battles braved by American


Critical Confessions: Part 11 - The Dead Zone

It appears to come on suddenly, almost without warning. One minute you’re juggling a schedule to see if you can fit a few more


Super-Heroic: The Best/Worst Films of Summer 2008

In general, it will be known as the ‘Summer of the Bat’. Christopher Nolan brought the Caped Crusader back for another crime epic experience, and


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Call For Papers: Celebrating Star Trek's 50th Anniversary

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"To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the hit franchise, PopMatters seeks submissions about Star Trek, including: the TV series, from The Original Series (TOS) to the highly anticipated 2017 new installment; the films, both the originals and the J.J. Abrams reboot; and ancillary materials such as novelizations, comic books, videogames, etc.

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