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Iconic - The Top 20 Male Performances of 2008

Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.

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In Bruges

For all the showy action and spurty blood, it's the evolving intimacy between Ken and Ray that is most compelling in In Bruges.

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tHarrisons Flowers

If there were an award given to actors for retaining their dignity in undignified movies, Andie MacDowell would surely win for her performance in Harrison’s Flowers.

Boyd Williamson
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Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

As tends to happen in Neil Jordan's films about spirited outsiders, Kitten's sense of limbo doesn't limit him as much it inspires him to resist expectations.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

As history, it is mightily revisionist -- a blacksmith named turns inadvertent defender of Jerusalem, devoted to the notion that Muslims and Christians can get along.

Cynthia Fuchs
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In My Country (2005)

In the midst of this outrage, the film negotiates the intricacies of ubuntu by offering instances where a desire for revenge seems impossible to resist.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Village (2004)

Noah is so wrapped up in his own emotions that he seems, at first, the most literal embodiment of the film's critique of a post-9/11 American isolationism.

Cynthia Fuchs
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