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Winning 'Game Night' Is Dumb Fun

Directors Daley and Goldstein seem to be pulling their punches a bit, but there's still enough dark comedy here to keep things interesting.

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State of Play

In this new universe where facts are mutable and ends are means, so-called ethical triumphs can only be short-term.

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Hancock

John Hancock is a black superhero desired and derided by crowds who are informed by spectacles, stereotypes, and fear.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: July 2008

And it just doesn't stop. If part two in this three-ring play was packed with well hyped product, July just keeps the receipt treats coming.

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Juno

Teens have their precious catchphrases and secret languages, but they're nervous, fumbling creatures. They don’t come equipped with Chaucer-like witticisms, or razor-sharp retorts.

Jarrett Berman
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'Juno' grows and grows

Robert W. Butler
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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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Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Female

From the most sweetly nuanced performance of Jennifer Jason Leigh's career to Cate Blanchett's revelatory portrayal of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There, the women of 2007 were stellar.

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Juno

A movie about a 16-year-old girl's unplanned pregnancy, Juno manages to avoid any significant emotional depths, despite its plainly complex subject.

Daynah Burnett
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It Felt Fluid and Rhythmic: An Interview with Diablo Cody and Ellen Page

The story in Juno is unpredictable and touching. But Cody's dialogue is exceptional, a flurry of hip, witty words that snap and dissipate before you can accuse them of being too stylized.

Tricia Olszewski
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Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium

The adults aren't fully to blame for their dreariness, as they are saddled with a cumbersome script that too plainly emulates Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Part 5 - Beyond the Envelope

The format forced the issue among cult and commercial products. And TV on DVD highlighted the cream of the creative, forward thinking crop.

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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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The Ex (2007)

Zach Braff just gets more annoying by the minute. Braff brings what he always does -- a basic mopey charm, some sarcasm, even a rudimentary self-awareness.

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Net-Works: The Best TV of 2006

You won't have to look far along your television dial to discover the Top TV picks from PopMatters staff. From 20 upward, each entry represents the boob tube at its best.

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Arrested Development: Season 3

As an epitaph, there can be none more fitting than the fact that Arrested Development never stooped to conquer. Its influence will be felt for generations to come.

Sean O'Neal
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Arrested Development

Arrested Development went down uncompromised, with guns a-blazing and showing no remorse over its own potential demise.

Amanda Ann Klein
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Arrested Development: Season Two

Twenty-two minutes of a single episode of Arrested Development is still funnier than an entire night of Must-See TV.

Stephen Kelly
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Arrested Development

Arrested Development is too dense, too smart, too strange. These are all ways of saying that it's too good.

Jesse Hassenger
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Arrested Development: Season One

Arrested Development is Bad Behavior writ large, and it is the most consistently funny half-hour to grace the Idiot Box in a long time.

John G. Nettles
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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

The team is scrappy and determined, willing to endure repeated -- and I mean repeated -- batterings with wrenches and balls.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Who could have anticipated that Snoop would be the saving grace of a major studio buddy flick?"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Arrested Development

That Arrested Development mines its laughs by taking potshots at the filthy rich makes it so much more delicious.

Stephen Kelly
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The Sweetest Thing (2002)

The Sweetest Thing targets moviegoers who seek out the familiar and formulaic.

Todd R. Ramlow
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