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Order, Chaos, and Faith: The Themes and Form of 'The Dark Knight'

Originally a story about the perils of combating organised crime, The Dark Knight makes several radical departures that frequently result in the main characters being split among tonally disparate contexts whose relevance to each other is not always immediately evident.

Thomas Meehan
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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?

shathley Q
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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.

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Let Us Now Praise Ordinary Men: Normalcy, Comics, and The Dark Knight

Without a couple of recognizably fallible and ordinary men like Harvey Dent and Commissioner Gordon at its center, The Dark Knight would ultimately be nothing more than an exceptionally well-tooled and smartly-acted thriller.

Chris Barsanti
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I'm Not There, and Neither Are You

The Bob Dylan film, I’m Not There, shows that the main puzzle behind pop music’s most enigmatic personality resides right here, within us all.

George Reisch, Peter Vernezze and Paul Lulewicz
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The Dark Knight

Batman's dilemma in The Dark Knight is how to use his bad press, whether he will embrace it or continue to fight it.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: July 2008

And it just doesn't stop. If part two in this three-ring play was packed with well hyped product, July just keeps the receipt treats coming.

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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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Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Female

From the most sweetly nuanced performance of Jennifer Jason Leigh's career to Cate Blanchett's revelatory portrayal of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There, the women of 2007 were stellar.

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Z-Boys, Cool Losers

The underlying motivation to save Horizons West was about Sticking It to The Man. Us versus Them. Punk culture versus conformist culture. Poor against rich. All, interestingly enough, attitudes heavy in the subtext of the Z-Boys movies.

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Candy (2006)

Addiction and guilt shape the junkies' existence, until the inevitable, life-threatening crisis shakes up their routine.

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Casanova (2005)

This would be the cleaned-up, wearisome, supposedly romantic version of the notorious Casanova.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

While the movie's poetry is often stunning, the DVD docs are decidedly and disappointingly banal.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

'This is why I love DVDs,' says Terry Gilliam. 'I can completely destroy the illusion of my film.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Casanova (2005)

Gaudy and giddy, this Casanova is full of energy but also strangely limp.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

It's Alma's silence that makes Brokeback Mountain feel so serious. Her pain is neither exquisite nor elegiac. It is only hard.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Will worries out loud, 'Nothing makes sense here, it's like being inside Jake's head.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Lords of Dogtown (2005)

The most thrilling moments in Lords of Dogtown involve skateboard wheels.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Ned Kelly (2003)

Ned might have been a criminal in the eyes of the law, but to working class Australians he was a hero wrongly accused.

Daniel Mudie Cunningham
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The Order (2003)

'We're the Catholic Pete, Linc, and Julie.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Four Feathers (2002)

It's alarmingly short-sighted fiction, offering only occasional glimpses of the imperial project's fundamental viciousness and ignorance.

Cynthia Fuchs
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