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From ‘Cast Away’ to ‘Locke’: The Rise of the One-Man Movie

For every apparent innovation, one-man movies are as conventional as they come.

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Everything Is True: Continuity in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

In the world of comic book continuity, if everything is true, anything can happen.

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‘Jupiter Ascending’ and the Search for Renewed Narrative Conventions

Although the Wachowski siblings' latest film has taken a critical beating, it merits a closer examination for its clever playing with narrative tropes from science fiction and fairy tales.

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Does the Title of the Bollywood Blockbuster, ‘PK’, Actually Stand for Performing Kulturkampf?

In the kulturkampf between India’s intelligentsia decrying the ‘cultural terrorism’ of extremists, a film like PK has me wondering, how long can secular liberals retain the moral high ground?

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Discovering the Essence of Fiction With ‘Timbuktu’ Director Abderrahmane Sissako

Academy Award for Best Foreign Film nominee director Abderrahmane Sissako discusses working with non-professional actors, difficult technical shots, and the meaning of receiving Mauitania's first-ever Oscar nomination.

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Metaphor in a Time of Ebola

The more closely I followed the Ebola coverage, the more the simulacra of contagion in fiction, film, and games seemed inextricably woven into the mainstream media.

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Tom Cruise: Hollywood’s Last Great Movie Star

Tom Cruise is the most consistent movie star Hollywood has, and when he stops making films, his absence will signify the end of an era.

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‘Alpha’ Female: An Interview With Actress Serafita Grigoriadou

A sweeping, mythological epic of dreams and nightmares, Alpha introduces one of Greek cinema's newest and most entrancing actresses.

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The Trials and Tribulations of “Dirty” Harry Callahan

Feeling lucky, punk? The road from obscurity to legend wasn't easy for Clint Eastwood's iconic character Dirty Harry. Think you know the back story? Read on!

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Surreal Estate: Exploring the Haunted Grounds of Sérail

A haunted estate proves too much for a curious writer in Eduardo de Gregorio's rare and little-seen surrealist mystery, Sérail.

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The ‘Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection’ Captures a Critical Period in the Director’s Career

Universal Pictures, distributors of the eight-film Steven Spielberg Collection on Blu-ray, is uniquely positioned to offer a long view of Spielberg's career.

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Conquering the Leviathan: An Interview with Andrey Zvyaginstev

Fresh off his Golden Globe win for Best Foreign Film, director Andrey Zvyaginstev clears up a lot confusion about the political and sometimes religious undertones of his sweeping, grand new film Leviathan.

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‘The Sacrament’, ‘The Unbelievers’ and Religious Imperialism

From cult leader Jim Jones to scientist Richard Dawkins, once in a rare while, Hollywood gets a religious idea, or an idea about religion, right.

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Coolness and Connoisseurship in Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive reimagines the vampire myth in the context of intellectual philistinism.

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‘Boyhood’ and the Transcendence of the Everyday

Boyhood returns to the view that originated with Italian Neorealism: documenting everyday life is the biggest spectacle one could capture on film.

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Enough with the Biopic: A Re-Examination of Cinema’s Least Interesting Genre

Life-spanning biopics are still the ultimate Oscar bait in 2014. Here’s hoping that no one will be biting in the future.

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The 10 Best of ESPN’s 30 for 30

On the occasion of 30 for 30's fifth anniversary, ESPN Films has released a 100-Film Gift Set. And on that occasion, a list of the 10 best 30 for 30 films.. so far.

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The Best Documentaries of 2014

As the best of 2014's documentaries find new ways to tell stories, they are also the year's best films.

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Crisis and Continuity: Reliving the Superhero Flicks of 2014

Superhero cinema had a watershed year in 2014, where it saw its fully postmodern realization. Films like X-Men: Days of Future Past not only interrogate genre tropes; they also upend them.

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2014: A Most Mediocre Year

The odds of discovering gems like Boyhood felt thinner in 2014 than they have for quite some time.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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