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'Fences' Finds the Beauty in Family Tragedy

Despite plodding direction, the resonant themes and rich performances of Denzel Washington and Viola Davis turn this stage play into a powerhouse melodrama.

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50th New York Film Festival: 'Flight' - 14 October 2012

Flight asks whether truth should ever be weighed against justice. If so, where would integrity lie in this balance?

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Thriller Slumming: 'Safe House'

The highly respected Denzel Washington does solid work and lifts the overall quality of this film, but it still raises questions about why he keeps taking this type of role.

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The Taking of Pelham 123

Nothing if not self-aware, this update of Joseph Sargent's 1974 thriller begins by rearranging the class dynamics.

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Summer of Same: June 2009

This month's "original" fare offers a take on a Sid and Marty Krofft classic, more battling seizure robots, and the retaking of '70s subway thriller. Everything old is new again.

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The Great Debaters

The Great Debaters is history by way of Oprah: righteously angry and uplifting, willing to pull a punch when it makes the broader point.

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American Gangster

As much as American Gangster loves Frank's intelligence and charisma, it must also condemn his criminality.

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St. Elsewhere - Season 1

St. Elsewheremodernized narrative structure, shook up the visual language of TV drama, and introduced "place" as the central character around which the actors came and went.

Mark Labowskie
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The Pay Off: The Best Film of 2006

For many of the movies on PopMatters' 2006 list of the year's best films, it is clear that a heavy personal and professional stake was riding on the final product.

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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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Inside Man (2006)

Appearing in tight shots, the grainy hi-def digital exacerbating their complexities, the interviewees are traumatized or performative, sometimes both.

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Inside Man (2006)

New York is everywhere in Spike Lee's sharp, new, genre-bending movie.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Demme's movie reasserts that the fabled U.S. political landscape isn't transparent or democratic, but instead, corrupted by the individuals who manage it.

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 Manchurian Candidate (2004)

The Manchurian Candidate draws a line between the corporation and the government, sustaining a hope that the U.S. system might be salvaged by an honestly free election.

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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Out of Time (2003)

The fact that Matt is a black man only makes these several lines of pursuit more complicated and more resonant.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Out of Time (2003)

The fact that Matt is a black man only makes these several lines of pursuit more complicated and more resonant.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Antwone Fisher (2002)

'I wasn't concerned with whether or not the audience liked Antwone at first.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Antwone Fisher (2002)

This single-mindedness can feel limited; there's obviously more to Antwone's story than the scenes in which he appears.

Cynthia Fuchs
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John Q (2002)

After 'Collateral Damage', you might imagine that most every aggrieved father cliché has been unturned. But no. Here comes 'John Q'.

Cynthia Fuchs

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