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'Thor: The Dark World' Comes Close to Being a Viable Story

In Thor: The Dark World there's a dangerous villain, a universe-ending threat, and a star-crossed romance -- but none of it makes sense.

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Even the Best Laid Plans... 'You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger'

Woody Allen's characters struggle alone, searching aimlessly for that saving grace that makes it all worthwhile. Amidst all the despair, a bit of hope glimmers.

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Part 5: Toy Story 2 to Titus (November - December 1999)

On this final day of PopMatters' 1999 overview, awards season hype gives way to pure acting prowess and definitive directorial flair.

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The Edwardians

From Rolls to Royce, a famous detective fiction writer, and Anthony Hopkins as you've never seen him, this series showcases colorful and influential individuals of early 20th century Britain.

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Chaplin: 15th Anniversary Edition

Robert Downey Jr. is a significant reason why this 1993 effort is worth revisiting.

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The Anton Chekhov Collection

A superbly acted, exhaustively complete summary of the great Russian’s dramas that provides real depth of insight into the plays and their possibilities.

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Beowulf (2007)

Crawling with mermaids and monsters, irony, and gore, Beowulf delivers the goods, without betraying its core narrative.

Jarrett Berman
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Beowulf

Beowulf is the model man, outrageous and arrogant, and so admired far and wide.

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Bram Stokers Dracula

Coppola's take on Bram Stoker's masterpiece is a visual stunning feast worth revisiting in a Collector's Edition that is more than just a time capsule.

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Fracture (2007)

Part police procedural, part courtroom hijinks, and part cunning murder plot, Gregory Hoblit's new movie brings the usual canards.

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Bobby (2006)

As reporter Warren Wilson remembers, "That would have been less of an impact on me, had I been shot [as he nearly was], than Kennedy being killed, stopped, in a moment in America's history, when we needed him and his advocacy more than ever before."

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Bobby (2006)

With Kennedy serving as a symbol for what might have been, Bobby illustrates the problems he identifies.

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All The Kings Men (2006)

As the designated observer of his friend's decline, not to mention a reporter by vocation, Jack's lack of insight or anticipation also looks a bit silly.

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Proof (2005)

As John Madden says, the film's central issue is 'validation', in emotional and familial, as well as mathematical and metaphorical, frameworks.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Proof (2005)

And yet, for all the potential nuance in this knotting, the film leaves the sisters caught up in a familiar conflict.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Alexander: Director's Cut (2004)

Oliver Stone calls his Alexander 'a new genre, a masculine-feminine action figure,' more like Monty Clift and James Dean than Russell Crowe.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Good Father (1985)

Within minutes of its start, Mike Newell's The Good Father has thus established Bill's rage.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Alexander (2004)

Though Olympias is unbeatably charismatic (and plain fun amid all the drearily inclined boys), the film takes a typically Stonian approach to the evil woman.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Human Stain (2003)

All of these circumstances amplify the irony of Silk's tragic downfall, stemming from his own Achilles' heel.

Philip Booth
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The Road to Wellville (1994)

Contrary to Kellogg's message, self-denial is ultimately the disease, not the cure.

John G. Nettles
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Red Dragon (2002)

What is most politically problematic about Red Dragon is how it furthers the relationship between physical disability and psychopathology.

Todd R. Ramlow
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Bad Company (2002)

PULL.

Cynthia Fuchs

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