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Juxtapositions of Beauty and Destruction in Michael Cimino's 'The Deer Hunter'

Unlike war films to follow, there's no post-war celebration to be had in The Deer Hunter.

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Part 1: The Thin Red Line to Star Wars Episode I (January - May 1999)

The first part of PopMatters' look back at the films of 1999 is bookended by the long awaited return of two cinematic auteurs of wildly different styles, Terrence Malick and George Lucas.

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Robert Frank: The Complete Film Works: Volumes 1, 2 & 3

As Frank’s films reveal, a lack of access to avant-garde cinema is a collective denial of a vital part of our selves.

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Accepting the Blame: The Top Guilty Pleasures of 2007

PopMatters proffers its collection of 2007's most notable defective faves. And it's okay to laugh. After all, we'd probably do the same to you and your uncomfortable fixations as well.

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Balls of Fury

What really gives the cinematic pallet a high-quality cleansing is a ripe old fashioned dose of certifiable stupid.

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Hairspray (2007) (2007)

Hairspray doesn't just replay Waters' film, it extends and complicates the original parody.

Todd R. Ramlow
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Hairspray (2007)

When Hairspray is good, it’s fantastic. It radiates an energy and a joy that’s beyond infectious.

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Monkey Business (Part 3: July)

Finally, a month with only one remaining series contender. All wizard based Potter-y aside, this will be the most tenuous time for the business called show. After a strong start, the eccentric collection of entertainments here could make or break this potentially record shattering motion picture season.

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Click (2006)

At heart, Click is a trivial movie that asks an important question about life, the universe, and everything: how on earth can a man who's doing Kate Beckinsale on a regular basis be at all dissatisfied with his life?

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Man of the Year (2006)

The troubles with Barry Levinson's movie are many, including an erratic pace and too many unfunny diversions, but the primary issue, strangely, is its lack of pointed political humor.

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Joe Dirt (2001)

Joe's unflappable nature in the face of constant rejection and torture is what is supposed to make him a hero, his attitude embodied in his oft-repeated personal slogan, "Life is a garden: dig it."

Sean O'Neal
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Click (2006)

While the movie's point is clear enough from frame one, it's so blatant and comes at such a high price that you feel mostly battered by its end.

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Domino: New Line Platinum Series (2005)

Domino maps mythology, not as a means to heroic or sympathetic characters, and certainly not to narrative resolution.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Wedding Crashers (2005)

The 40 Year-Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers might have made it safe for adults to go back to big-screen comedies in 2005, but it was the latter that reminded those viewers that adulthood doesn't mean growing up -- at least in the traditional sense.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
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Domino (2005)

Imagine Mallory Knox as her own reality tv show star, less inclined to take up with the absolutely wrong man, and able to handle her mascara like a pro.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Wedding Crashers (2005)

Usually, a little Vaughn goes a long way, but here he serves as welcome respite from Wilson's cloying romantic lead.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Around the Bend (2004)

Henry's instructions bring Turner and Jason to important landmarks that dredge up memories and force them to face events that have haunted their lives.

Kevin Jagernauth
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The Stepford Wives (2004)

Director Frank Oz asserts, 'There is no such a thing as Stepford. Stepford is in the mind.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Man on Fire (2004)

Tony Scott enthuses, 'I had such a brilliant smorgasbord of really odd, strange personalities and different looks.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Stepford Wives (2004)

Joanna's paucity of spirit is odiously illustrated during the first five minutes of The Stepford Wives.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Envy (2004)

Scheduled to open a year ago, Envy is as dopey, uninventive, and smug as you'd expect from a movie that's 'all from shit'.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Man on Fire (2004)

Man on Fire means to distress. Punctuated by mobile subtitles and assaultive editing, the movie underlines the daily threat of living in places where kidnapping is a sort of business, organized and ongoing.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Gigli (2003)

It's tempting to imagine what extras might have been like for a Gigli DVD, given that the film received what had to be the most vehement critical drubbing of any released this past year.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Rundown (2003)

The Rock doesn't want to hurt 'em, but he just can't help it.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Gigli (2003)

His hair slicked back, his face set in an expression resembling impassivity, Larry Gigli (Ben Affleck) tends to philosophize with his marks.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Kangaroo Jack (2003)

Most often cast as sidekicks, Anthony Anderson has shown repeatedly that he can perform rings around supposed stars.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Steven Spielberg's zippy new film is about the kind of 'truth' that might only be apprehended in its telling.

Cynthia Fuchs
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