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TIFF 2017: mother!

While Aronofsky’s artistry is at an all-time-low, it's his misogyny that makes this film abhorrent.

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The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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Tough and Tender - The Top 20 Female Performances of 2008

Twenty talented ladies, 20 performances worthy of multiple little gold men. Unfortunately, as in all years, someone has to come out on top. But after looking over this impressive list, picking the preeminent turn of 2008 seems almost impossible.

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Woody Allen's "Asian" Problem

Hollywood has rarely offered Asians opportunities to be anything other than karate heroes, geishas, wartime prostitutes, or sinister "yellow peril" villains.

Jennifer Tang
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Extasis

Javier Bardem sometimes appears a mere hair’s breadth away from growling and licking the lens.

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Maria Elena (Penélope Cruz) is the figure least obviously dictated by the Woody Allen template. And for that, you are eternally grateful.

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'Barcelona' Betrays Allen's Stifled Storytelling

Vicky Christina Barcelona is really nothing more than rich people bitching. Now where exactly is the fun in that?

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: August 2008

Talk about a crowded schedule. There are more offerings scheduled this month than in the previous two combined.

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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 - Male

From the tender and eerie precision of Sam Riley's depiction of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in Control to yet another superlative performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, PopMatters highlights the best male actors of 2007.

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Love in the Time of Cholera

Fermina remains a cipher, an object in Juvenal's possession and of Florentino's endless affection without an emotional life of her own.

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No Country for Old Men

The desolate landscape and moral layout evoke old Westerns, but the film, based on Cormac McCarthy's novel, also reconsiders the genre's conventions, comparing now and "the old times."

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Goya's Ghosts (Los Fantasmas de Goya) (2006)

If Miloš Forman's movie doesn't take up his distinctive visual style, it does embrace his broad satire, ferociously targeting religious, state, and financial leaders.

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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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The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

John Malkovich and Javier Bardem shed welcome light on their thinking about this sophisticated meditation on terrorism, trust, and desire.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Mondays in the Sun (Los lunes al sol) (2002)

As Mondays in the Sun begins, Santa is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain his sense of humor and optimism.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

Both the terrorists and the administration, ironically, invest in a paradoxical faith -- in the power of seeing and remaining unseen.

Cynthia Fuchs

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