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The 35 Best Films of 2010

The best films of 2010 include a fake documentary, a comedy about Jihad, a vampire story NOT dealing with tacky tween romance, a haunting hillbilly noir, and an elegant tale about clones. Not necessarily the usual cinematic suspects.

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40 Nights at the Movies (in the Comfort of Your Home): The Franchise

Back by popular demand! Recommendations from "40 Nights at the Movies" will keep you, your dog and your elephant glued to the couch for months.

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Eight Films That Didn't Deserve Their Initial Reception

There are films that slipped through the cracks, not finding their stride upon release. Either these films baffled critics, were ignored by audiences, or became subjected to the whims of a cruel market.

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Deconstructing the Star Beast: How the 'Alien' Saga Went Wrong

Alien was a planned B-Movie that transcended its genre and spawned the rare sequel that is neither imitation nor complete deviation. Then the saga went to hell.

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The 2015 SEALS - Short Ends and Leader's Annual Film Awards

As the awards season prepares to wind down, Short Ends and Leader sizes up those not in Academy competition with our annual preferential picks.

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Ranking the Greats: The Films of David Fincher

With his latest film arriving October 3rd, it's time to put David Fincher and his efforts alongside the other cinematic greats to see where he stacks up, aesthetically speaking.

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Swimming with the Big Shark in 'House of Cards'

Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) swims in the murky waters of Washington power-mongering as gracefully as if he had sprouted gills and a caudal fin.

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Nostalgia Goes Digital: Turning Back Time in the Films of David Fincher

Digital cinema and nostalgia go hand in hand in David Fincher films. The director has used these powerful tools to recreate the past, but nostalgia has historically refused to surrender in his work.

Todd Kushigemachi
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The Guild-ed Cages of Awards Season

After decades of decided handwringing, Hollywood finally has what it wants: a sense of specialness undeterred by surprise or a sense of wonder.

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross: The Social Network Soundtrack

Even if Reznor and Ross produce little that would not have felt at home on their recent collaborations, Fincher's application of their unsettling abilities to his unnerving movie feels like one of the project's multiple strokes of inspired genius.

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

It's an inelegant but provocative means to measure Benjamin and Daisy's ostensibly transcendent connection: as he grows young and she grows old, they share but a single moment when their bodies and visions and hopes can easily coincide.

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Zodiac

Bonds are fleetingly forged then broken, comradeship and honour are largely absent and, like the Zodiac himself, everyone emerges as a rather lost and damaged soul.

Emma Simmonds
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Zodiac (2007)

David Fincher's excellent new movie winds clues and pursuits into an intriguing, often witty mix of causes and effects. In so doing, it rejiggers the police procedural.

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Panic Room (2002)

This 'Panic Room' DVD leaves you to figure the moves and angles.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Panic Room (2002)

In lieu of plot or character, 'Panic Room' offers the house.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Fight Club (1999)

Does capitalism have you by the balls? If you're feeling a little limp lately, a little flaccid, emasculated, or impotent, then David Fincher's Fight Club may just have your number. This film kicks butt, and in doing so it also manages to suggest that your need for it and for other butt-kicking films is a late capitalist symptom of contemporary psychosis.

Jonathan Beller and Rhonda Baughman
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