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Pal, You Better Follow the Story or You’re Cooked, Says Alex Gibney

Alex Gibney says, "The reason I hate the whole bad apple thing is because it allows us as human beings to completely disengage, to say, 'I'd never do anything bad, because I'm good.'"

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Thomas Balmès Lingers Over His Babies With All the Dedication of a New Parent

"In 90 minutes," says Thomas Balmès, "you cannot give a clear understanding on almost any subject. If you are doing so, most of the time you’re going be simplifying it. Raising questions, I think, that is a big achievement."

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2010 Summer Movie Preview - August

We round out our summer preview with the August releases, a rather dim bunch unfortunately. Will Edgar Wright save us from summer movie hell with the new Michael Cera vehicle?

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Does the Suit Make the Iron Man, or Vice-versa?

Tony Stark has a big personality that far outsizes his Iron Man 2 suit of armor, but sometimes our movie men are "made" by their suits.

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2010 Summer Movie Preview - July

In July, Christopher Nolan unleashes his eagerly awaited new film Inception, M. Night Shyamalan returns with The Last Airbender and Adrien Brody stars in a Predator remake.

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Submarines and Androids: The Comfort Movie Phenomenon

Is there a certain film that, if you come across it flipping channels randomly, you feel compelled to watch yet again? Even though you've seen it 34,000 times? Even if it's on the Spanish-language station and you don't speak Spanish?

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2010 Summer Movie Preview - June

After May's gangbusters' start, June settles down with The A-Team, Toy Story 3, and more Twilight.

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Virginia Is for French Film Lovers

The 18th Annual French Film Festival, running from 25-28 March, included presentations by 40 visiting French filmmakers and movies about a range of subjects -- about human and family relationships, immigration, gold mining, and the global economic crisis.

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2010 Summer Movie Preview - May

May blasts the summer season off with two mega-movies, Iron Man 2 and Robin Hood, while offering up yet more Shrek and Sex and the City.

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The Illusion of Identity in Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist

Lars von Trier suggests that the terrible and the horrific are not to be found in the abnormal behaviour of an outsider, but within our relationships, and the play of domination and submission in everyday life.

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Cracking the Spine: The Lovely Bones

The author's 'heaven' is a concrete and unexpected place with"lumbering women throwing shot put and javelin"; whereas the filmmaker's interpretation changes 'heaven' to something like a garish, 3-D Hallmark card.

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14 Apr 2010 // 9:00 AM

No Crossover: An Interview with Steve James

Sports, prejudice, and the tumultuous, fascinating life of Allen Iverson are all the focal-point of Steve James' latest, touching sports documentary. James speaks to PopMatters about race in America, Fox News, and the subjectivity of films themselves.

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Dan Aykroyd: From Ghost Buster to Spirit Drinker

Long before launching a premium vodka based on the crystal skull tales, Aykroyd educated the masses on blues music and the paranormal -- in addition to being a comedy genius behind many of the '80s most quotable movies.

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Smoke Up, Johnny: The Breakfast Club, Still Gloriously Poignant 25 Years Later

The Breakfast Club remains a defining moment for a generation 25 years later. What endures is the sheer heart that defines the film, the way that it supplies stark, grave candor and quirky spunk in equal measure.

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A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli

It was Judy Garland’s affinity for the absurd that triggered Vincent Minelli’s idea for a film version of The Pirate, a rakish story that would employ Garland, Gene Kelly, and a very strange song composed by Cole Porter.

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Richard Pryor’s Designated Writer: An Interview With Paul Mooney

In a new memoir, veteran stand-up comic Paul Mooney reflects on his life and work with the legendary comedian Richard Pryor and their struggle against racism in Hollywood.

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25 Mar 2010 // 9:59 PM

Where the Wild Things Are

Even if its pleasures outweigh its disappointments, Where the Wild Things Are is another in a series of Spike Jonze’s ambitious but flawed projects.

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Oh Captain, My Captain America

Even though he's no Batman or Spider-Man, the buzz over who will play Captain America reached a fever pitch because he's the embodiment of the American flag and stands for the ideals of the United States.

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Sublimated Rage, Sex and the History of Cinema: An Interview with Chloe Director Atom Egoyan

Toronto-based Egoyan fuses Melodrama with the Psychological Thriller and meticulously constructs a classic star vehicle for one of the finest working American actresses, Julianne Moore.

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You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried, by Susannah Gora

This book is part cultural analysis of ‘80s youth films, part trivia, and whole bunch walk down memory lane.

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//Mixed media

Incubus Flies High and Left of the Flock at the Santa Barbara Bowl

// Notes from the Road

"Brandon Boyd’s wide-ranging metaphysical interests have long given Incubus a deeper thematic subtext than many of their alt-rock peers, so it’s no wonder the band is approaching their 25th anniversary next year.

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