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The 50 Best Songs of 2009

As part of PopMatters’ 20th anniversary, we are revisiting classic features. Travel back in time a decade ago to 2009, when indie rock was in its full ascendency,and hear the songs that soundtracked the era.

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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2': Emocore Superhero

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a pulpy and mostly winning combination of spandexed superheroics and the complicated yearnings of young romance.

Piers Marchant
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America, Slavery, and McQueen and Tarantino's Two Very Different Movies

12 Years a Slave is every bit as intense as one might imagine, though not completely depressing, whereas Django Unchained aestheticizes its extreme violence.

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Ranking the Performances: The 56th Annual Grammy Awards

Was music’s biggest night worth staying up all night for? Read on to find out.

Film

An Open Letter to Tom Cruise: How to Make a Movie Rock

Dear Tom Cruise: We know you are hurting from the failure of Rock of Ages. However, if you learn the lessons from the best rock-themed movies, you can still make a rock film for the ages.

Music

Pitbull: Planet Pit

The newly rechristened "Mr. Worldwide" is sharpening stones and picking up broads to improve his business acumen. It's a sign of the times.

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The Year in Music: December 2010

Continuing our look at the year’s most notable events in the world of music, here’s what happened in December 2010.

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American Idol: The Final Four

If this were Survivor instead of American Idol, Michael Lynche would be the dude to beat. He appears to be forming alliances not with the other contestants but with Satan himself. How else to explain how this guy has made it this long when no one seems to be supporting him.

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The Soloist

The Soloist illustrates Nathaniel's internal life -- his music and his madness -- in reductive, sensational imagery.

Film

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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The Kingdom

Boasting charismatic stars and a topical focus on terrorism, the film adds one more cagey detail -- a hint of moral challenge to its own thrills-and-chills violence.

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agoDreamgirls (2006)

An undeniably fun ride, albeit with too much restraint here, too over-the-top there.

Iquo B. Essien
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Dreamgirls (2006)

The decidedly uneven score embraces the music of its moment, from soul to Motown to pop to disco, all filtered through Broadway, which means it's all too watery and white.

Music

Snoop Dogg: Tha Blue Carpet Treatment

Snoop Dogg invites a bunch of friends to the studio, records a small army of songs, accomplishes not much of anything.

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Miami Vice (2006)

Gong Li's face and form are made for this: she absorbs the movie's energies and just like that, it hardly matters what Crockett or Tubbs thinks he's doing.

Film

Stealth (2005)

Kara's a lovely, leggy, perfectly made-up figure whose primary purpose is to provide moral framing for the boys' brilliant strikes and calculations.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Ray (2004)

Repeatedly, Ray collapses lore and desire into metaphorical, emotional, and narrative economy, occasioned by a groundbreaking song.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Breakin' All the Rules: Special Edition (2004)

All rules of attraction and self-definition are just off when it comes to the utterly beautiful and notoriously nice Chestnut.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

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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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
Film

Breakin' All the Rules (2004)

As lovers who lie to one another as a kind of mating ritual, Gabrielle Union and Jamie Foxx do about as well as possible.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

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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