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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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The Tudors

The Tudors is pointed in its critical assessment of Enlightenment philosophy, whose legacies (individualism, liberal humanism) still adhere in today's world.

Todd R. Ramlow
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Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2006)

The film controverts various theories of writing and reading, production and reception.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Cypher (2002)

Just like the spies' mission as they hunt for secrets and significance inside massive corporate databanks, this film's point is unclear.

Bill Gibron
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The Statement (2003)

The Statement is a rarity: a serious, politically-minded thriller.

Michael Healey
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Enigma (2001)

Michael Apted speaks of his intent to make the country appear 'beautiful' and, consequently, we're spared shots of bombed-out London or casualties of any kind.

James Oliphant
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Possession (2002)

While the plot of Possession concerns yearning and fervor, its tone is provocatively detached.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Gosford Park (2001)

It is clear about what it is, a study of affect that is also affected.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Enigma (2001)

There comes a point in 'Enigma' where Jeremy Northam shows up and you feel grateful.

Cynthia Fuchs

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