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Tragic Spectacle as Social Commentary in Todd Phillips' 'Joker'

Todd Phillips' divisive Joker stirs the conscience -- and the stomach.

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In Defense of 2012's Best Movie, 'The Master'

With the Oscars set to be handed out this Sunday, it's time to take a look at what made the one film that got pushed to the back of the awards season bus so transcendent, so polarizing, and so great.

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Cinema as Rorschach Test: 'The Master'

Much like the kaleidoscopic design of The Master’s theatrical poster, the way one perceives the film -- indeed, all films -- is reflective of the prism through which one views the artform itself.

J.C. Sciaccotta
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Two Lovers

A wall of family photos, glimpsed briefly in an early scene of Two Lovers, lays out Leonard's too conventional dilemma.

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Two Lovers: All Your Choices Are Bad Ones

What James Gray bravely does in Two Lovers is return the idea of pain, and the threat of bad decisions, to the American film romance.

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Walk the Line

There are so many positive aspects to this film that the empty feeling left when the it ends is utterly shocking.

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Reservation Road

Men have a hard time with feelings. This appears to be the major revelation in Reservation Road, a melodrama in which men suffer loss, grief, and guilt.

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We Own the Night

You can see -- though the brothers take a few more scenes to catch up -- that each envies the other: Joe wants Bobby's seeming independence, Bobby wants daddy's approval.

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Walk the Line (2005)

John R. Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) is a hard-drinking, drug-abusing, soul-searching, all-black-wearing, June-Carter-loving man.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Gladiator: Extended Edition (2000)

It's a bad sign for your making-of doc when the most interesting folks to listen to are the studio weasels.

John G. Nettles
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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Ambitiously humanitarian, the film uses Paul's plot to allude to the broader tragedy.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Ladder 49 (2004)

As he watches his firefighters guys bond and scuffle, director Jay Russell explains that he began the project with some qualms because of 'all the emotion involved with 9/11.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Village (2004)

'I have to keep doing things that scare me, and this certainly scares me,' says M. Night Shyamalan.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Faith in his own work ethic keeps Paul from acknowledging the turmoil erupting all around him.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Ladder 49 (2004)

Sentimental and surprisingly uncomplicated, Ladder 49 seems a disservice to the very folks it wants to extol.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Village (2004)

Noah is so wrapped up in his own emotions that he seems, at first, the most literal embodiment of the film's critique of a post-9/11 American isolationism.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Buffalo Soldiers (2001)

The soldiers rebel in trivial but telling ways, more often than not imitating the very systems they think they're bucking.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Signs (2002)

PULL.

Cynthia Fuchs

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