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Ethan Hawke's Gaze in 'Blaze' Foley Biography Is Quite Clear

Blaze is the sort of film that takes the piss out of the legend, showing a life that's sadder for the wasted talent and what could have been.

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'Maudie' Explores How Art Can Come From the Most Unlikely Places

Sally Hawkins lifts her complex role with a graceful energy, helped by Maudie's visual approach, which is sometimes delicately impressionistic and sometimes more artisanal.

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Like Its Titular Character, 'The Phenom' Is an Uneven Film, But Holds Promise

The Phenom is at once remarkable for both its transfixing cinematography and Johnny Simmons's tightly coiled performance, but it's mired by its over reliance on exposition.

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Charles Dickens 200: Great Expectations: Bright Hope and Dark Resignation

Where we are now, in 2012, is on a darker plain especially for the large "Underclass". Perhaps Dickens can light our way?

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Part 5: Toy Story 2 to Titus (November - December 1999)

On this final day of PopMatters' 1999 overview, awards season hype gives way to pure acting prowess and definitive directorial flair.

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Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 2

Day Two - A demanding Decalogue overflowing with everything: from fascinating international fare, misbegotten masterworks, some out of the blue bafflers, and that seminal show about “nothing”.

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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

What a quirky pair of brothers do Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke make.

Matthew Sorrento
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Gattaca

This film is quietly provocative, well crafted, and a subtle meditation on the future.

Shaun Huston
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A Gallery of Good Works: The Best Films of 2007

From Julian Schnabel's artsy The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the legendary Coen Brothers splendid adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, PopMatters counts down the 30 best films of 2007.

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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Family tensions run high throughout Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

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The Hottest State

For a film set mostly inside one character's head, The Hottest State spends a lot of time on the road.

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Monkey Business (Part 4: August)

In past years, Hollywood purposely counter programmed these renowned Cineplex dog days, trying to offset the perception that cinematic scraps were all the studios had to offer. From the look of this lame list, it's apparently back to the filmic fridge for some patently warmed over offerings.

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Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)

This was never intended to be a conventional movie, but more like a personal industrial film illustrating the process that brings the corpse of a cow to your dinner table.

Brian Holcomb
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Fast Food Nation (2006)

Unabashedly didactic, Fast Food Nation points out the cruel lot of immigrant laborers without rights.

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Lord of War (2005)

As Yuri plainly gets off on risk, he's also broadly representative of cavalier attitudes toward risk concerning vulnerable individuals and communities.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

What still works is the edgy distrust-into-respect that develops between the killer and the cop.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Before Sunset (2004)

Before Sunset illustrates the beautiful and frustrating complexity of human hearts seeking love and meaning in a life we know to be transient.

Michael Healey
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Taking Lives (2004)

In Taking Lives, the enigmatic Illeana (Angelina Jolie) is introduced indirectly.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Ash Wednesday by Ethan Hawke

Though Hawke often expertly captures some charming and lush moments, 'Ash Wednesday' is not supposed to be a great work of literary genius (as some of his 'But, he's a Hollywood pretty boy!' detractors seem to think), just an uncomplicated tale of the tribulations of young people in love. Objective achieved.

Nikki Tranter
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