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TIFF 2018: Teen Spirit

Max Minghella's first feature film, Teen Spirit, has two really good music videos -- and some confused ideas about mentorship.

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The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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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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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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The Nines

The notion of character versus creation is what ultimately serves as the basis of this metaphysical thriller.

Evan Sawdey
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Reservation Road

Men have a hard time with feelings. This appears to be the major revelation in Reservation Road, a melodrama in which men suffer loss, grief, and guilt.

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Babel: Borders Within

As a director, Inarritu is kinetic, adventurous and deeply motivated by spontaneity of feeling. The new edition of Babel is worth getting ahold of for the extra feature documentary alone.

Rebecca Chang
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Babel: Lest We Be United

The great, overarching question one asks during a film such as this is: where is the light? At 143 minutes, this much sadness and tragedy becomes somewhat numbing.

Stuart Henderson
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Babel (2006)

With a movie that encompasses international relations, broken families, personal epiphanies, romantic longings, painful secrets, and our constant aching need for human connection, Iñárritu might have bitten off more than he could chew.

Jack Patrick Rodgers
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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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Babel (2006)

Associated by instances of violence, the stories in Babel all concern children caught up in circumstances beyond their easy comprehension, while adults struggle to maintain some semblance of illusory order.

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The Door in the Floor (2004)

Mimi Rogers plays a John Irving trademark, the self-hating and much humiliated woman as wholly irritating 'comic' device.

Cynthia Fuchs
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