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'Bastards' Makes Despair Bleed from the Walls

Claire Denis' jagged filmmaking is matched by the nihilistic darkness of her latest assault on the senses.

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Tough and Tender - The Top 20 Female Performances of 2008

Twenty talented ladies, 20 performances worthy of multiple little gold men. Unfortunately, as in all years, someone has to come out on top. But after looking over this impressive list, picking the preeminent turn of 2008 seems almost impossible.

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Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.

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Capturing the Abstract in the Concrete

What do the worlds contained within comics, within and between panels, tell us about the worlds in which we live out our lives?

Shaun Huston
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Dying on the Mind: 'A Christmas Tale' and 'House of the Sleeping Beauties'

In the moody House of the Sleeping Beauties, an aging widower fights despair with a succession of naked beauties, while in the sprawling A Christmas Tale, a family bickers around their mother’s terminal illness.

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Persepolis

This story reaches across barriers in language and experience to viewers who have never suffered exile.

Marisa LaScala
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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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Persepolis

Personal and political history is delivered with a sharp mix of comedy and tragedy (Marjane lies in bed, the "camera" hovering overhead as she declares herself a communist after learning her grandfather was jailed for same).

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Carnages (2002)

Carnages' denizens spin into each other's orbits and offer the prospect of communion and regeneration.

Elbert Ventura
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