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A Shortage of Villainy

While director Abrams' handling of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman's propulsive screenplay is sleek and spiffy, to say the least, it ultimately hews far closer to his television work than might have been wise for a big-screen reboot.

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Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

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I'm Not There, and Neither Are You

George Reisch, Peter Vernezze and Paul Lulewicz
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A Gallery of Good Works: The Best Films of 2007

From Julian Schnabel's artsy The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the legendary Coen Brothers splendid adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, PopMatters counts down the 30 best films of 2007.

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Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Female

From the most sweetly nuanced performance of Jennifer Jason Leigh's career to Cate Blanchett's revelatory portrayal of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There, the women of 2007 were stellar.

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National Treasure: Book of Secrets

The primary draw in the National Treasures is Nic Cage, odd and spasmodic, undeniably charismatic.

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John from Cincinnati

John Monad looks to be John the Baptist by way of Rain Man, with supernatural gifts and virtually unlimited credit.

Jesse Hicks
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Déjà Vu (2006)

The movie's leap from contemporary coppish thriller into science fiction is initially jarring.

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Capote (2005)

As Miller and Kimmel finish one another's sentences and demonstrate a charming sort of sync, the artists here suggest how Capote came to be such a tight, complex, and elegant film.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Capote (2005)

Capote reveals the dangers of journalism in search of authenticity and based in intimacy. It also reveals the monster Capote sees in himself -- or more accurately, the monster the movie sees him seeing.

Cynthia Fuchs
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I, Robot (2004)

'It's harder and harder to make straight-ahead sci-fi and straight-ahead comic book movies,' says Akiva Goldsman.

Cynthia Fuchs
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I, Robot (2004)

These green-screen jamborees are utterly summer-blockbustery (or maybe just Will-Smithy), but they also tend to substitute for ideas.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Hollywood Homicide (2003)

My intention was to make a picture that on one level was a genre movie, summer movie, kind of a cop movie, whatever that genre is, and at the same time, to serve different gods.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Core (2003)

While the film probably can't be recuperated, Jon Amiel's commentary on the DVD works some wonders of its own.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Hollywood Homicide (2003)

Short version: Joe's hardheaded and eats cheeseburgers, K.C.'s into fluidity and bean sprouts.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Core (2003)

Settles quickly into the most mundane of plot and character developments.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Ararat (2002)

As usual in Egoyan's films, tangled familial relationships inspire chaos and meanness as much as understanding and benevolence.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Swept Away (2002)

What Swept Away calls love, I would call the usual terror and degradation that keeps battered women in dangerous relationships.

Todd R. Ramlow
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