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Why Does Alex Garland's 'Annihilation' Perpetuate the Hidden Figure of Henrietta Lacks?

Alex Garland relied on HeLa easter eggs to proffer a "key" to the Shimmer in Annihilation, but his interpretation mimics the instrumentalization decried throughout Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

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'Annihilation' Scares and Baffles in Equal Measure

Alex Garland's follow-up to Ex Machina is a visceral cinematic experience that, while plagued with structural problems, delivers plenty of thrills and eye-popping spectacle.

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'Heart of Midnight' Burns Slowly With Sex and Trauma

Vampishly smug and broodingly perverse, Heart of Midnight explores everything from childhood sexual trauma, post-'70s feminism, and Euro-trash horror.

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'The Spectacular Now': High School and Consequences

What high school partier Sutter can't realize is that being 18 and in love with the perfect, nerdish Aimee may be the high point of his life.

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Politicking with 'Made in Dagenham''s Miranda Richardson

Miranda Richardson discusses this season's premiere feminism-themed film about the real-life strike at the UK Ford plant that challenged and changed British laws on equal pay. Just how far have we come since 1968 in the fight for gender equality in the workplace?

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Part 1: The Thin Red Line to Star Wars Episode I (January - May 1999)

The first part of PopMatters' look back at the films of 1999 is bookended by the long awaited return of two cinematic auteurs of wildly different styles, Terrence Malick and George Lucas.

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Identities in Flux

Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York is performance art as civilization-annihilating Godzilla, whereas Eastwood's Changeling is a film that wins the stranger than fiction category, hands-down.

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Margot at the Wedding

Vivid impressions that make us look closely into Baumbach's fascinating, semi-miserable world.

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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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Margot at the Wedding

The brisk 92-minute film explores the intensity of the women’s relationship, and how they are inherently tied to one another, whether they like it or not.

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Margot at the Wedding

Margot at the Wedding doesn’t resolve as much as it devolves into a series of arguments and dire revelations.

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The Jacket (2005)

Jack's experience fragments so radically and time turns so out of joint that you might think he's insane, as do his white-coated doctors.

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The Machinist (2004)

Trevor is an image disappearing, more about reduction and loss than self-knowledge and identification.

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The Jacket (2005)

It's an apt description of how war, waged by the Organization for the Organized, works on its warriors, victims and heroes both.

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The Machinist (2004)

The Machinist digs so deeply into its protagonist's mind that it's difficult to see a way out.

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In the Cut (2003)

'It's all a series of mistaken identities, and how our thinking is like that, that we think we've seen something, but we actually haven't quite seen it all.'"

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In the Cut (2003)

Their affair proceeds as the steamy-seeming trailers suggest it will, in the interest of promoting Ryan's 'breakout' self-exposure.

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The Big Picture (1989)

'I don't know you, I don't know your work, but I think you're very talented.'"

Stephen Tropiano
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Road to Perdition (2002)

The perfectly grim surface evokes eons of pain, as well as a highly stylized contemporary sensibility, not so much cynical as skeptical and self-aware.

Cynthia Fuchs
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