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'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Is a Perfect Date Movie

Spider-Man: Far From Home is arguably the cutest, funniest, most entertaining comic book superhero movie of the year.

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'Life': Wait, Haven't We Seen This Before?

Life disregards its genre predecessor, Alien to the detriment of the film.

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"This Is a Cautionary Tale": An Interview With Dan Gilroy of 'Nightcrawler'

PopMatters speaks with Nightcrawler writer/director and Academy Award nominee Dan Gilroy about writing antiheroes, watching local television news, and questioning the pervasiveness of fear mongering media.

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'Nightcrawler' Reminds Us That Capitalism and the Media Have Gotten Worse

As Nightcrawler compellingly depicts, every member of society is one rent payment away from tapping into their dark side.

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You Can't Know the Answer in 'Enemy'

Director Denis Villeneuve's most successful film to date is a baffling mood piece, a puzzle designed with no solution.

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SXSW Film Festival Day 1: Funny Texans and Duncan Jones

Austin's SXSW Film Festival has the premiere of Duncan Jones's new film Source Code.

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Hungry Heart: Maggie Gyllenhaal

The most-recently Oscar-nominated Gyllenhaal talks about why Jeff Bridges is sexy at 60, the dangers of falling for the wrong person and why Sissy Spacek rules.

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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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Zodiac-The Director's Cut

Even though Zodiac attempts to achieve a sort of documentary-like reality, there is an underlying surrealism, a poetic and nightmarish vibe that hangs over the whole film.

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Rendition

Rendition is worried about torture. Specifically, it's worried about Americans torturing other people while saying they're not.

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Zodiac

Bonds are fleetingly forged then broken, comradeship and honour are largely absent and, like the Zodiac himself, everyone emerges as a rather lost and damaged soul.

Emma Simmonds
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Zodiac (2007)

David Fincher's excellent new movie winds clues and pursuits into an intriguing, often witty mix of causes and effects. In so doing, it rejiggers the police procedural.

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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.

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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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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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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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Jarhead (2005)

Jarhead doesn't lose sight of this basic truth of war. More effective weapons only deepen its despair.

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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Donnie Darko: Director's Cut (2001)

The problem embodied by Donnie is at once mundane and painfully special, the dilemma of fate vs. free will, laced though with unanswered questions of identity and responsibility.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Even as it lays down a scary geopolitical scenario and a few partisan gauntlets, The Day After Tomorrow aims to please.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Day After Tomorrow (2004)

As the 'eye of the storm' speeds across the screen, instantly freezing everything in its path, Jack looks up to see a flag, turned spastically solid in a second. Here it is, the money shot: the emblematic United States, stuck in time, blind to consequences, fixated on its own reckless self-love.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Moonlight Mile (2002)

Fits a little too neatly with the recent popularity of media considering grief and death rituals.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Good Girl (2002)

Into Justine's black hole of a routine walks Holden glowering, self-consciously poetic, urgent.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Lovely & Amazing (2002)

Even as the girls in Holofcener's world have their own problems, they provide acutely recognizable reflections.

Cynthia Fuchs
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