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The Subversive Creativity in Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs'

Wes Anderson has created a powerful (though unassuming) sociopolitical statement about the causes and consequences of segregation.

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All Around the World: The Best International/Indie Films of 2007

Beginning and ending with the superlative filmmaking of Jia Zhang-ke, traversing the nooks and crannies of the globe, PopMatters presents the 20 best international and indie films of 2007.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Why is this 1978 remake so scary? It turns the urge to find oneself into a seemingly horrifying proposition: is individuality really all that special, and how far would you go to protect it?

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Part 4: Challenging Convention

As cinema went completely commercial, abandoning art for artifice, true aesthetic acumen was hard to come by. Luckily, for the movies included herein, it was their difference, as well as their diversity, that helped them stand out from the rest of the high concept hackwork.

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Fay Grim (2006)

Fay Grim is less concerned with the details of contemporary spy-craft and global deception than with broader moral questions.

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Raines

For all its good ideas, Raines is overwhelmed by Jeff Goldblum's characterization -- both familiar and strange.

Daynah Burnett
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Man of the Year (2006)

The troubles with Barry Levinson's movie are many, including an erratic pace and too many unfunny diversions, but the primary issue, strangely, is its lack of pointed political humor.

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The Fly (Collector's Edition) / The Fly II (Special Edition) (1986/1989)

Timeless terror needs more than goop and glop. Only one Fly film even tried to get it right.

Bill Gibron
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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: Criterion Collection (2004)

'That's what the movie's sort of about,' observes Wes Anderson, 'self-invention, and making their own art, and all those things.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Wes Anderson's film and Steve's filmed life creak a little, exposing seams and efforts to make sense of experience.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Igby Goes Down (2002)

Burr Steers' first feature is populated by exceptionally quirky characters, most related by blood.

Cynthia Fuchs

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