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'Richard III' Is Ian McKellen's Glorious Rendition of an Absolute Villain

With Shakespeare's A Game of Thrones rendered into a Fascist version of '30s Britain, be careful whose side you're on.

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Middle-Earth Eye Candy: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

This film explores the bonds of friendship and the commonality among all races, and provides raging battles and daring escapes, as well as quiet fireside moments that reveal a character’s thoughts.

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The Prisoner: 'Fall Out'

The Prisoner's unapologetic payoff of surrealism and absurdism heads into that artistic realm where meaning is defined more by resonance than by immediately identifiable relevance.

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Gone and Not Forgotten: The PopMatters DVD Wish List

A lot of good movies are still missing from DVD. Here is a list of 25 that PopMatters feels have been unceremoniously left to simply fade away.

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Kids' DVDs: June 2007

Given that babies and young children love nothing more than repetition, repetition, and... um.... repetition, I can't understand why even the pointiest of heads would think children between the ages of six months and three years could possible need 23 different Baby Einstein DVDs.

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Flushed Away (2006)

Droll and unfortunately titled, Flushed Away marks a point of no return for British animated films.

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The Thames Shakespeare Collection: MacBeth/King Lear/Romeo & Juliet/Twelfth Night (1976)

For those who never tire of the great playwright, there can never be enough attempts to interpret Shakespeare: every new endeavor is simply another gem in the Bard's jewel-laden crown. The Thames collection is such a gem.

Kathryn Atwood
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X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

It's a superhero movie, so all these choices involve massive destruction -- buildings disintegrating, fireballs flying, bodies detonating.

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Asylum (2005)

Surrounded by this sort of oppressive hushing, Stella's largely nonverbal relationship with Edgar resembles a form of attention.

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Asylum (2005)

The affair leads to disaster, not least because Stella feels compelled to punish Max for his emotional abandonment.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

It's useful to remember that, offscreen, both good and bad tend to be tricksy.

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