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The Month In Pop Entertainment: January 2014

Ring in the New Year with new music, TV series, and a surprising amount of horror movies.

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Underworld and Underworld: Evolution

Whereas The Matrix relied on hyper-cool outfits and the beauty of stylized action sequences to help tell its weird little story, Underworld relies on them to try to make us forget that we are watching a story this insipid.

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Valkyrie

Valkyrie's forward motion is stalled repeatedly by hyperbolically symbolic images, which also undercut some nuanced performances.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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Digital Dynamite: The 30 Best DVDs of 2007

It was the year of the behemoth box set, the multi-disc triumph that tried to give long suffering fans everything their demanding little digital hearts ever desired. Here are PopMatters' 30 picks for the best DVDs of the year.

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Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Male

From the tender and eerie precision of Sam Riley's depiction of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in Control to yet another superlative performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, PopMatters highlights the best male actors of 2007.

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Kids' DVDs: June 2007

Given that babies and young children love nothing more than repetition, repetition, and... um.... repetition, I can't understand why even the pointiest of heads would think children between the ages of six months and three years could possible need 23 different Baby Einstein DVDs.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007)

In the just-in-time for Memorial Day weekend Pirates sequel, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) pursues pleasure with the sort of determination usually associated with moviegoers.

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Monkey Business (Part 1: May)

Talk about frontloading your approach. Each week in this first full month of patented popcorn movies finds another famous franchise icon making a major blockbuster bow. Only truly disastrous results from these guaranteed crowd-pleasers will keep the coffers from clogging with cash.

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Hot Fuzz (2007)

Hot Fuzz is all about the guys. And who needs girls when you have guns?

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Notes on a Scandal (2006)

Oscars – like secrets – can be seductive, and this little film means to tempt us. Dame Judi gives an absolutely pulverizing performance.

Jarrett Berman
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Notes on a Scandal (2006)

As much as Barbara judges, you may find yourself in a quandary, not judging so much as taking pleasure in her vile, brilliant perfection.

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Flushed Away (2006)

Droll and unfortunately titled, Flushed Away marks a point of no return for British animated films.

Daynah Burnett
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Underworld: Evolution (2006)

Race here is not an inherent or stable identity, but mutable and mutating.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Constant Gardener (2005)

That might be the film's most potent insight, that the white guy cannot save the day.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Enduring Love (2004)

Samantha Morton's face seems a perfect object for gazing on.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Casting Bill Nighy as a zombie -- or more accurately, a zombie to be -- may not be precisely innovative, but it's clever and wholly enjoyable.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Underworld: Extended Cut (2003)

Such contrasts make Underworld an especially good-looking vampire-werewolf-action film, even if it is over-the-top.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Underworld (2003)

Underworld has more on its mind than matching its throbbing rock soundtrack to action sequences.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Love Actually (2003)

On occasion, the film allows a jaded sensibility to worm its way into this otherwise picturesque world.

Mary Colgan
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Underworld (2003)

The primary point is the look -- the drenching rain, the blazing gunfire, the catsuit.

Cynthia Fuchs
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I Capture the Castle (2003)

The Cottons bluster into the Mortmains' lives, as Americans in British tales will do.

Tracy McLoone
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Lawless Heart (2001)

Like the emotions it examines, 'Lawless Heart' is full of conflict and confusion.

Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece
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