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'Iron Man 3' Finds Its Hero in Crisis

Marvel Studios launched its second phase of films with Iron Man 3, a film filled with bold storytelling choices and irreverent humour that would become hallmarks of the MCU.

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Holly Williams: The Highway

More heartfelt, occasionally awkward, country-flavoured adult pop from Hank Williams's granddaughter.

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It's a Different Kind of Blue in 'The Royal Tenenbaums'

The portraits of failed genius in Wes Anderson’s melancholic comedy inhabit a frozen kind of entrapping nostalgia, which somehow the film’s anarchic comedy bursts free from.

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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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Let's Sing About Sex, Baby

Glee's episode "Sexy" demonstrates how far television has come in its attempts to be culturally relevant.

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The Year In Music: July 2010

July 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was full of new releases, high-profile concerts, and TV specials.

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Rewinding the 53rd Annual Grammys

Performance-filled show often gave excellent tributes to music greats, but barely passed out any awards. This is going to be a long post!

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Everything in its Right Place: The Best Female Acting Performances of 2009

Mazur checks out the year's best female acting and offers up a mostly alternative opinion to the boring Oscar-begging consensus picks including some you might not have heard about, yet.

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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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Two Lovers

A wall of family photos, glimpsed briefly in an early scene of Two Lovers, lays out Leonard's too conventional dilemma.

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Two Lovers: All Your Choices Are Bad Ones

What James Gray bravely does in Two Lovers is return the idea of pain, and the threat of bad decisions, to the American film romance.

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Superheroes Versus Comics

There can be no doubt that the summer of 2008 stands as a high-water mark for superheroes. But in the wake of a superhero renaissance and the growing cultural legitimacy of the genre, the question must be posed: Has the superhero genre evolved beyond the comics medium?

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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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Iconic - The Top 20 Male Performances of 2008

Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.

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Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.

Film

Hughes Oughta Know

The British Library bought Ted Hughes' literary archive, further inspiring film and literary speculation into his life with Sylvia Plath.

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Iron Man (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)

Every explosion and punch-line lives and dies by Downey's performance, but he proves more than up to the task, making the ride all the more enjoyable.

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Iron Man

For all Tony's new understanding of "peace," the fact that Iron Man is in fact a weapon allows the film to do what summer movies must do: clanking and bashing, zooming, shooting, and exploding.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: May 2008

In the first act of this four-part production, Tinsel Town decides to do some unbelievable front loading. Will there be room for independent offerings, or former HBO carnal comedy divas? Who knows? Without a doubt, it's an interesting way to start the season.

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Running With Scissors (2006)

Director Ryan Murphy lacks the requisite wicked flair for black-comedy, the levity is mishandled, and completely at odds with the intensity of performance and direction.

Emma Simmonds
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Running With Scissors (2006)

Augusten's narration of Running with Scissors starts with a question: "How do I begin to tell the story of how my mother left me and how I left her?"

Film

Infamous (2006)

When Truman quite gleefully describes his plan to use 'fictional techniques' to tell his nonfiction story, to shape the Clutter murders as an emblem of cultural malaise, Nelle insists on a knowable distinction between fact and fiction.

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Proof (2005)

As John Madden says, the film's central issue is 'validation', in emotional and familial, as well as mathematical and metaphorical, frameworks.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Proof (2005)

And yet, for all the potential nuance in this knotting, the film leaves the sisters caught up in a familiar conflict.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

Kevin Conran seems pleased to admit that he has never stepped foot inside Radio City Music Hall.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

If the glorious surprise offered up by The Wizard of Oz was its depiction of a world beyond any material reality, the agreeable gimmick of Sky Captain is its imitation of what's come before.

Film

View From the Top (2003)

View From the Top's Donna (Gwyneth Paltrow) and her boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo) are certainly nice, but not interesting enough to rescue a plot this stale.

Jesse Hassenger
Film

Possession (2002)

While the plot of Possession concerns yearning and fervor, its tone is provocatively detached.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Shallow Hal (2001)

Jack Black is always a pleasure. Irony, weirdness, perversion -- he has it all. It was only a matter of time before Hollywood came a-knocking.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Shallow Hal (2001)

What is unfortunate about 'Hal' is that while the Farrellys' previous offerings were, for all their sophomoric dick and fart humor, somewhat good-spirited, their new film is just plain old mean.

Todd R. Ramlow
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