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The Groundbreaking 'Midnight Cowboy' Remains Relevant in These Times

Criterion's Blu-ray release of Midnight Cowboy comes with a generous package of extras that fans and those new to the film will appreciate.

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A Riveting Story Is Elevated by Captivating Performances in 'Barney's Version'

This is not a romantic comedy as its trailer misleads; rather, it’s a drama that carries us through the defining moments that occur within nearly 40 years of the eponymous character’s life.

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Last Chance Harvey

Seemingly designed for in-flight viewing, this film is the equivalent of a competently written paperback, or a leftover helping of Ma’s comfort food.

Stephen Snart
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Last Chance Harvey

Last Chance Harvey is a movie about starting over.

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The Tale of Despereaux

The movie starts with a cute sleight-of-handy gimmick, the sort that assumes a canny audience who’s a step ahead of regular narrative conventions.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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Kung Fu Panda

Big and bouncy, Kung Fu Panda is another powerhouse Family Entertainment that means to pummel its young viewers into adulation.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: June 2008

If May almost tent-poled itself out of existence, June will be even worse. After all, are audiences really ready for 13 major release in less than two months -- with more to come?

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Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium

The adults aren't fully to blame for their dreariness, as they are saddled with a cumbersome script that too plainly emulates Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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The Graduate

Forty years after its original theatrical release, The Graduate is still extremely timely and its themes and message are relevant whether in the context of 1967 or 2007.

Mehera Bonner
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Part 2: The Changing Face of Filmmaking

Every staid situation needs shaking up, none more so that the labored Hollywood studio system. The titles chosen for this section stand out as reasons why things had to change, the results of those seismic stylistic shifts.

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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Stranger than Fiction isn’t sure if it wants to be a comedy that relies on stereotypes in order to accentuate the humor, or a drama with the absurdities played as deadpan as possible.

Jack Patrick Rodgers
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

That Grenouille is also utterly symptomatic -- that is, not an individual so much as a representative of what ails his cultural milieu -- is hardly news.

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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Maybe Professor Hilbert knows exactly how right he is, given the film's relentless archness: it knows that you know that it knows it's meta.

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Finding Neverland (2004)

'Play' is a means to define childhood, to prolong mythic innocence, to grant nobility.

Cynthia Fuchs
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I Heart Huckabees: 2-Disc Special Edition (2004)

The Special Edition is loaded with so much self-referential material and 'oh so clever' concepts that they threaten to make the movie into its own cult object.

Bill Gibron
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I Heart Huckabees: 2-Disc Special Edition (2004)

As hard as he tries, Albert can't quite keep up with the Jaffes' questions, let alone their answers.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Meet the Fockers (2004)

Streisand brings her own potent barrage to this company of self-interested men, not to mention the melt-away women.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Finding Neverland (2004)

As James Barrie, the Scottish-born playwright most famous for imagining Peter Pan, Johnny Depp appears the consummately charismatic child-man.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Straw Dogs (2004)

Perhaps David's decision is heroic, given the circumstances, but the accumulated images of his passivity remind the viewer that better choices.

Brian James
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I Heart Huckabees (2004)

Albert is again faced with basic questions: Are we really 'all connected'? How can 'everything be the same even if it's different'?"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Runaway Jury (2003)

Besieged by John Grishamish plot twisties, the actors in Runaway Jury do their best to fashion an emotional coherence.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Hook (1991)

Hook is thoroughly watchable, often amusing, fitfully entertaining.

Jesse Hassenger
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Little Big Man (1970)

It didn't just dispel the cloudless America of Westerns past -- it dismembered the genre, threw the parts in a trench, and spit on the tombstone.

Elbert Ventura
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Confidence (2003)

They meet at King's club, where he's auditioning strippers: Dustin Hoffman, big pimping.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Moonlight Mile (2002)

Fits a little too neatly with the recent popularity of media considering grief and death rituals.

Cynthia Fuchs
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