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Power and Misogyny in 'Red Sparrow'

Red Sparrow isn't a great spy thriller, but it's a fascinating take on women fighting for control over their own bodies.

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Pretty Vacant

The world of The Duchess should have been one of fiery tumult, but little of that foment makes it into this film’s garden party landscape.

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The Duchess

The movie, which surely celebrates Georgiana's (Keira Knightley) luxurious "hats and dresses," also solicits your sympathetic frustration and outrage over her oppression.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.

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Babylon A.D.

The fact that Aurora incarnates some extreme other possibility -- be it "light" or darkness, miraculous birth or genocide -- makes her one more "mother of the future."

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: August 2008

Talk about a crowded schedule. There are more offerings scheduled this month than in the previous two combined.

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Paul Newman's Influential, Classic Performances in The Hustler and The Verdict

In an era of relatively reserved American cinema, when most actors would be concerned with their images as leading men, Newman was not afraid to experiment and go with his artistic impulses.

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Heading South (Vers le sud) (2005)

With their newfound sexual empowerment gradually eroded by disillusionment, the women are finally predictable.

Jon Frosch
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Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (2006)

As in the first film, this premise -- that Catherine's plot is a series of lies -- is mildly interesting.

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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)

For all the inevitability of Will's descent, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead is an almost perversely moving experience.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Orca (1977)

This whale also has special powers, apparently, as he can tell whenever someone is leaning out of Nolan's boat, and so jump right up and swallow him whole.

Erich Kuersten
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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)

Will (Clive Owen) is a menace, even to the bad guys.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Statement (2003)

The Statement is a rarity: a serious, politically-minded thriller.

Michael Healey
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Swimming Pool (2003)

Julie becomes Sarah's muse, her model, her irritant.

Cynthia Fuchs
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