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Even Meryl Streep Can’t Save 'The French Lieutenant’s Woman' From Postmodern Pretense

This film has not aged well, and this has to do with the failure of postmodernism and poststructuralism to contribute anything useful to popular culture.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.

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Digital Dynamite: The 30 Best DVDs of 2007

It was the year of the behemoth box set, the multi-disc triumph that tried to give long suffering fans everything their demanding little digital hearts ever desired. Here are PopMatters' 30 picks for the best DVDs of the year.

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The Pay Off: The Best Film of 2006

For many of the movies on PopMatters' 2006 list of the year's best films, it is clear that a heavy personal and professional stake was riding on the final product.

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Inland Empire (2006)

Nikki's story takes her deep inside herself or deep inside the movie industry.No matter how you're inclined to read the film's final dancers, the scene offers a Lynchian Rorschach test. What you see tells you something about you.

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Casanova (2005)

This would be the cleaned-up, wearisome, supposedly romantic version of the notorious Casanova.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Casanova (2005)

Gaudy and giddy, this Casanova is full of energy but also strangely limp.

Cynthia Fuchs
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William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (2004)

Pacino contains Shylock's temper as reaction, looking simultaneously vile and vulnerable, hardly a simple balance.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

As history, it is mightily revisionist -- a blacksmith named turns inadvertent defender of Jerusalem, devoted to the notion that Muslims and Christians can get along.

Cynthia Fuchs
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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004)

Jessica is alone, contemplative, and distressed.

Cynthia Fuchs
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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004)

Pacino, noted lover of Shakespeare, strives for a multi-dimensional characterization of the angry Shylock, underlining his sadness and indignation.

Jesse Hassenger
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Callas Forever (2002)

Callas Forever is cursed by its title.

Mia Jankowicz
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And Now Ladies and Gentlemen (2002)

For Valentin (Jeremy Irons), the thrill of the caper just isn't getting it done any longer.

Chris Elliot
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The Time Machine (2002)

[In 'The Time Machine',] Alexander decides to go look for an answer, but going into the future (why, we'll never know).

Cynthia Fuchs
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