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The Haunted House Is Not What's Scary About 'Winchester'

Although it wants to be a commentary about gun violence in America, Winchester appears to be too scared to fully stand up to the issue.

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'Caligula's Ghost: Why Cinema Needs Epic Failure More than Mediocre Success

Obscene, grandiose and artistically worthless -- such is the monstrous reputation of the 1979 art-porn blockbuster Caligula. Is this most shocking of Roman epics worthy of reappraisal?

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State of Play

In this new universe where facts are mutable and ends are means, so-called ethical triumphs can only be short-term.

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Michael Powell Double Feature

‘Age of Consent’ is a rather unfortunate swan song, but ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ makes this DVD set well worth it.

Stephen Snart
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Inkheart

The screenplay follows a listless episodic structure, in which one barely connected segment follows another without cumulatively charging the overarching story.

Lesley Smith
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Accepting the Blame: The Top Guilty Pleasures of 2007

PopMatters proffers its collection of 2007's most notable defective faves. And it's okay to laugh. After all, we'd probably do the same to you and your uncomfortable fixations as well.

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National Treasure: Book of Secrets

The primary draw in the National Treasures is Nic Cage, odd and spasmodic, undeniably charismatic.

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Part 4 - Feasts from the Fringe

Cable created supply where there was little or no demand. Out of the myriad of subject specific programming, a few gemstones managed to shine.

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The Queen (2006)

When acting the part of a living icon, the aim is to achieve "likeness" rather than the "like", to interpret rather than replicate.

Jake Meaney
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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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The Queen (2006)

The several shots of Elizabeth II driving her SUV over bumpy roadways are quite the highlight in The Queen.

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Shadowboxer (2005)

While their profession is both odious and familiar, Mikey and Rose's sexual relationship is less commonplace.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

For all its possibilities -- and its crazily pleasant animations --the movie takes a more or less conventional narrative shape.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Ford Prefect (Mos Def) wanders into the film of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a little late, and in no hurry.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Clearing (2004)

The kidnapping sets in motion a thriller that doubles as a character study, delving into Wayne and Eileen's strained marriage.

Kevin Jagernauth
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Raising Helen (2004)

'Raising Helen's a happy, peppy picture, with Kate Hudson and her legs,' says Garry Marshall.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Clearing (2004)

As wealthy, world-weary Pittsburgh businessman Wayne Hayes, Robert Redford is typically low-key.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Raising Helen (2004)

Helen's initial efforts to maintain her previous life are as glib as her inheritance of the children.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Calendar Girls (2003)

A roll call of Britain's prime acting talent renders this movie watchable but cannot lift it beyond the forgettable.

Lesley Smith
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Gosford Park (2001)

It is clear about what it is, a study of affect that is also affected.

Cynthia Fuchs
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No Such Thing (2002)

Arid and hermetic, it's the first misstep in Hartley's intriguing and varied career.

Elbert Ventura

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