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Thriller Slumming: 'Safe House'

The highly respected Denzel Washington does solid work and lifts the overall quality of this film, but it still raises questions about why he keeps taking this type of role.

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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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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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Beowulf

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

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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)

'I have to keep doing things that scare me, and this certainly scares me,' says M. Night Shyamalan.

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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Cold Mountain: Collector's Edition (2003)

Anthony Minghella's image of the birds in snow articulates Cold Mountain's aesthetic and themes, its interest in collision and reverie, in nostalgia and resistance.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Troy (2004)

According to Troy, war is all about reputation.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Cold Mountain (2003)

The first scene in Cold Mountain is sensational and sickening, an apt introduction to what will be a Civil War saga.

Cynthia Fuchs
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28 Days Later (2002)

In time for Halloween, Fox has released the DVD of 28 Days Later, a frankly brilliant and scary scary movie.

Cynthia Fuchs
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28 Days Later (2002)

Restless, irksome, strange: there's not much downtime in Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Dark Blue (2003)

This is a scary city, where scary figures hang out on scary corners and slouch with scary insouciance. No wonder the cops are tense.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Gangs of New York (2002)

Daniel Day-Lewis wears a tall stovepipe hat in Martin Scorsese's long-awaited Gangs of New York.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Harrison's Flowers (2002)

Goes at both war and romance from a decidedly oblique angle.

Cynthia Fuchs
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