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Don't Believe the Hype: 'Magic Mike XXL' Is No Big Deal

Magic Mike XXL could have ratcheted up the expectations one has for the rom-com, but ultimately it does very little with the space that it ekes out for itself among the genre’s norms.

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The Women

Despite its title, The Women is not an update of George Cukor's diva smackdown of the same name.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: November 2008

Like the sainted sigh of relief that comes after another shriek-filled All Hallow's Eve, November usually means the start of the 'nominate me' process for the proposed prestige pictures of 2008.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.

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Reign Over Me (2007)

Even as it probes the difficulties of coping with loss and showcases Cheadle's remarkable capacity for compelling understatement, it also grants Sandler too much time to practice his seriosity in close-up.

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The PopMatters 'Short Ends & Leader' Spring Film Preview

In order to separate the worthy from the worthless, PopMatters' "Short Ends & Leader" editor is highlighting 10 new films he's looking forward to this spring.

Bill Gibron
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Madagascar (2005)

What could be better -- you have four legs, all kinds of energy, and all the room in the world?"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Collateral (2004)

Michael Mann's new film shows what anyone who's paid attention to Jamie Foxx has known for some time: he is excellent.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

Hearing Tupac Amaru Shakur talk about himself in the past tense is unnerving at first. Not only was he profound and perceptive in his early 20s, he was prescient too.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Ali: The Director's Cut (2001)

The bravest thing Ali does is to gesture toward, wonder at, and celebrate Muhammad Ali, and then let go of him.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

This sense-making also has to do with extrapolation and education -- granting Tupac yet another chance to speak his mind, indict injustice, and urge action.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Matrix Revolutions (2003)

'Why, Mr. Anderson?'asks Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), for what seems the umpteenth time.

Cynthia Fuchs
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All of Us / Eve

These days, hip-hop and tv seem rather like they were made for each other, what with their many interconnections in near every commercial for fast food, soda, and sporting gear, not to mention any number of tv shows, from dramas to sitcoms, that use hiphop to signify everything from sophistication to club culture, comedy to coolness.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Morpheus is a stanch warrior and provocative thinker, as well as a black man in a world where the machines' agents tend to be white men in suits.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Ali (2001)

Ali embodies a kind of car-wreck charisma -- arrogant and self-conscious, beautiful and fierce, even on twenty-year-old tape, he can take your breath away. This ability to mesmerize makes Ali who he is, or more accurately, who everyone wants him to be. He's a cipher and a screen onto which viewers might project themselves.

Cynthia Fuchs

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