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In Treatment: Season Two Premiere

HBO's strangely beguiling series about therapy sessions reboots as Paul grapples with a new life, wondering how he's missed or misunderstood the rules.

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OMG - The 20 Worst Films of 2008

There's bad, and then there's 2008 level bad. You know this list is looking down into a deep dark bottomless pit of cinematic despair when Mike Myers' shameful Love Guru didn't even make the Top 20!

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Tough and Tender - The Top 20 Female Performances of 2008

Twenty talented ladies, 20 performances worthy of multiple little gold men. Unfortunately, as in all years, someone has to come out on top. But after looking over this impressive list, picking the preeminent turn of 2008 seems almost impossible.

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Synecdoche, New York

Much like protagonists in previous Charlie Kaufman scripts, Caden is an artist in search of his art.

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Identities in Flux

Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York is performance art as civilization-annihilating Godzilla, whereas Eastwood's Changeling is a film that wins the stranger than fiction category, hands-down.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: October 2008

What studio suit thought this was a good idea? With four months to schedule your high priced efforts, you instead unload almost 30 overpriced pictures on an unsuspecting movie audience.

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Charlie Bartlett

A teen comedy without many laughs, a social satire that cuts so deep it leaves viewers squirming.

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Charlie Bartlett

As Charlie learns his own limits and the value of "being himself," his movie turns increasingly humdrum.

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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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The Hoax

The film does not shy away from the innate unlikability of its leading man and it also explores, cannily, the damage one person’s dishonesty can inflict upon everyone around them.

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The Hoax (2006)

Even as The Hoax works to wring emotional consequence from its many layers of lies, you're hard-pressed to believe it.

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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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Six Degrees

In a city of eight million people, I’d bet you could find at least 7.9 million everyday dramas that are more engaging and genuine than the ones assembled here.

Marisa Carroll
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The Weather Man (2005)

'The Chicago weatherman,' says Nicolas Cage, 'is a very important weatherman, because everyone in Chicago relies on him so much, and if he gets it wrong, it really ruins their day.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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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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The Matador (2006)

While the next Bond film is stuck in pre-production as producers search for an A-List Bond girl, Pierce Brosnan is having the last laugh with his new film.

Kevin Wong
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The Weather Man (2005)

Dave begins to carry his bow with him on the sidewalk, a man suddenly proud, slow-motioned, and anachronistic, a walking metaphor.

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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American Splendor (2003)

Is there a finer actor on the planet than Hope Davis?"

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Secret Lives of Dentists (2003)

Eschewing the loopy romanticism of his past efforts, Alan Rudolph displays admirable restraint in representing domestic drudgery.

Elbert Ventura
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About Schmidt (2002)

The expression on Schmidt's face every time he encounters another crisis does not convey anger, but befuddlement.

Shan Fowler

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