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Three Doctors, One Special, and a Big (Blue) Box of Surprises!

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor leans towards the lighter side of the Whoniverse.

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Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painleve

The varying styles range from meditative monochrome fantasies that wouldn’t be out of place in a Cocteau retrospective to surrealist inspired, almost hallucinatory ballets of movement and color.

Ian Chant
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OMG - The 20 Worst Films of 2008

There's bad, and then there's 2008 level bad. You know this list is looking down into a deep dark bottomless pit of cinematic despair when Mike Myers' shameful Love Guru didn't even make the Top 20!

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Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.

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Celulloid Culpability - Top 10 Film Guilty Pleasures of 2008

Like comedy or music, one's choice in cinematic pleasure can be very personal - and very peculiar. Take this tantalizing list of shameful indulgences. You can argue over their artistic value, but their individuals rewards definitely speak to those who champion them.

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army (3 Disc Special Edition)

This limited “3-Disc Special Edition” is as much a tribute to the writer-director as it is a showcase for the film.

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Recount

Recount doesn't quite argue that the system remains infinitely gameable for those who know it, those in power who wish to remain in power.

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

It is a little surprising to see the silliness that leads to Crystal Skull's gargantuan climax, a series of antics simultaneously hyper and enervated.

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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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Beyond the Gates (2005)

Beyond the Gates, based on a true story from the the 1994 Rwandan genocide, suggests that ignorance and sense of privilege make a dangerous combination.

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A Man for All Seasons: Special Edition (1966)

A Man for All Seasons is an overblown, stuffy history lesson without much to offer in the way of cinematic innovation. It's beautifully safe and painfully accurate.

Matt Mazur
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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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V for Vendetta (2006)

"He's a pretty complex man," says Hugo Weaving of V. "He's been imprisoned and tortured and abused mentally and physically... and then burnt in fire."

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Shooting Dogs (2004)

Based on a true story and co-written by a BBC journalist who worked in Rwanda during the genocide, the film is an absorbing meditation on what men do in dark times.

Lester Pimentel
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The Proposition (2005)

Signaling death and dryness, the flies also mark transitions from one location to another: everywhere, it seems, someone is dead or dying.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Proposition (2005)

Nick Cave's The Proposition blends equal parts Walkabout and Sergio Leone's grim atmospherics to illustrate the brutality of imperialism.

Matt Mazur
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V for Vendetta (2006)

The Natalie Portman film is an earnestly angry, vaguely philosophical, but ultimately generic action movie.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Skeleton Key (2005)

For anyone with even passing knowledge of Southern gothics, Violet (Gena Rowlands) is all red flags.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Hellboy: 2-Disc Special Edition (2004)

Speaking in his commentary track, del Toro is keenly passionate about the film, the character, and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Dogville (2003)

The accusation that the film is 'anti-American' says less about Von Trier than it does about the American psyche.

Todd R. Ramlow
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Hellboy (2004)

The latest hero for our time is red. Fire engine red. Looming over the city from a rooftop, he puffs his cigar and glowers.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm (2000/2002)

Radioactive poison is a legacy of laissez-faire capitalism's most guilty indulgence.

Mike Ward
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