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'Masked and Anonymous' and Today's Dispossessed and Disoriented

Larry Charles' misunderstood dystopic arthouse movie from 2003, Masked and Anonymous, becomes real in Trump's 2019 Impeachment America.

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Development Season: Five Pilots That Sound Interesting (But I May Never Get to See)

It’s the annual crap shoot known as pilot season in Hollywood again. Here are a few concepts that caught my eye.

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Part 4: All About My Mother to Sleepy Hollow (October - November 1999)

Outsiders and oddballs make up Part Four's formidable filmmakers, an idiosyncratic collection of dreamers and visionaries.

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Confessions of a Shopaholic

What is John Salley doing in this movie?

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The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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The Big Lebowski: 10th Anniversary Edition

A generation-defining comedy about peace and brotherhood, set in a world of backstabbers, liars, and semi-professional bowling leagues.

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Speed Racer

Inspired by the mostly beloved late '60s Japanese cartoon, Speed Racer is loud, large, and proudly crass.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: May 2008

In the first act of this four-part production, Tinsel Town decides to do some unbelievable front loading. Will there be room for independent offerings, or former HBO carnal comedy divas? Who knows? Without a doubt, it's an interesting way to start the season.

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Gone and Not Forgotten: The PopMatters DVD Wish List

A lot of good movies are still missing from DVD. Here is a list of 25 that PopMatters feels have been unceremoniously left to simply fade away.

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Bee Movie

A possible trans-species romance turns instead into a strangely balanced relationship comprised of financial and legal accord -- with a bit of ecological crisis and subsequent alignment to boot.

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Death Sentence

Death Sentence is smart enough about its generic limits: the violence is ragingly B, the dialogue goofy, the cops always steps behind.

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Evan Almighty (2007)

Evan Almighty is expertly forged to be a superficial audience friendly phenomenon, the kind of movie that has critics and the cultured scratching their heads over its continued success.

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Part 5: The Return of the Auteur

That noise you heard near the start of the new millennium was the creative din of a brash new breed of filmmakers tearing down the traditions of mainstream moviemaking. Their motion picture mission statements -- including the ones featured on this list -- remain the rulebook for new generations of anxious film artists.

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Monkey Business (Part 2: June)

Apparently, as the sun's strongest rays finally settle over the movie going public, sequels are the remedy to cool down an overheated demographic. This month alone holds five examples of such redux refreshment. The rest of the choices are a variety pack of genres, ideas and possibilities.

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Father of the Pride: The Complete Series

Beyond the Roy factor, the likely reason for Father of the Pride's failure is that it's just a really odd show.

Will Harris
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Coyote Ugly: The Unrated Extended Cut (2000)

Melanie Lynskey, despite being underused in the film, says more with a couple of gestures and expressions than anyone else does with dialogue.

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Beyond the Sea (2004)

Kevin Spacey looks alternately fatigued and awkward as Bobby Darin.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Punchline (1988)

Explores a dark side of stand-up comedy, but relies on stereotypes rather than shedding new light on the subject.

Valerie Franch

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