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'Cinema Verite': A Family Under the Microscope

With An American Family, American society had gotten a good long look at itself, and what it saw made it very, very uncomfortable.

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Nights in Rodanthe

In an alternative universe, Jean (Viola Davis) does have a story -- one that you'd rather be seeing as Nights in Rodanthe descends into mundane melodrama.

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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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Jumper

Brashness and arrogance, and absolutely none of the consequences of either.

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Jumper

The Chechnyan backdrop reminds you yet again of the utter inconsequence of Jumper.

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Untraceable

Even if you take the film's moral lesson at face value, the overkill is discouraging, and not very instructive.

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Hollywoodland (2006)

Simo is as self-inflating and lost as George Reeves, his heroism as flimsy and sad.

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The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (1983)

Rarely does a director's cut reflect a vision 'truer' to a source text. But, like most everything else surrounding the picture, The Outsiders: The Complete Novel is quite an anomaly.

Michael Christopher
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Must Love Dogs (2005)

This family thing is looking rather grim now, as if it's about to swallow the rest of the movie whole.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Big Town (1987)

In Cullen's rise to the top, he summarily steps on everyone who tries to help him or slow him down.

Kevin Jagernauth
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Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

She's yearning for love, or independence, or a lasting exit from the States, where melancholy memories surround her.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Unfaithful (2002)

Unfaithful examines the trouble men get into when women behave too passionately.

Cynthia Fuchs

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