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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.


Tuesday, January 17 2012

The Best Male Film Performances of 2011

In another strong year, crime and punishment take on heart and heroism for the right to be called 2011's best male film acting work.


Friday, September 16 2011

The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - November 2011

Like the seminal song by Queen, November is "no time for losers" as the Oscar races heat up (J Edgar, The Descendants) and superficial fluff (Piranha 3DD, Tower Heist) becomes scarce.


Reviews

Wednesday, April 18 2012

'The Descendants' Is Compulsively Watchable

The story deals with precisely the sort of messy, depressing ordeals in life we go to the movies to get away from, but the languid pace and occasional shots of off kilter wry humor allow it to never become such an overwhelming plunge into despair as to be unwatchable.


Wednesday, November 16 2011

'The Descendants' Is Painful and Discerning, Awkward and Resourceful

As ten-year-old Scottie tries to sort out the specter of her mother now, inert and silent following a water-skiing accident, she faces questions she can’t begin to articulate.


Blogs

Monday, January 16 2012

The Olden Globes

Once again, the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press have spoken - and confused the awards season conversation all over again.


Thursday, November 24 2011

When the Family Tree Falls: 'The Descendants'

The best thing here is Clooney, cleverly dropping some of his man's man mannerisms to make Matt less of an idea and more of a human.


Friday, September 16 2011

Toronto International Film Festival 2011: 'The Descendants'

This is a mature and well-executed study of what happens when people die and leave us with their messes to clean up.


News

Wednesday, November 23 2011

Aloha: Alexander Payne heads to new territory with ‘The Descendants’

HANALEI, Hawaii — It was precisely the kind of day that drives Hawaii’s $10-billion vacation business. The sun sliced through the clouds along the coast


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