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David Mamet Lampoons Harvey Weinstein to No Effect in 'Bitter Wheat'

By staging a thinly veiled version of Harvey Weinstein – played by John Malkovich in a fat suit – David Mamet aims for controversy in Bitter Wheat.

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Changeling

There’s a touch of Arthur Miller in the way the audiences emotions are played in this story of challenging authority.

Stephen Snart
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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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Iconic - The Top 20 Male Performances of 2008

Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.

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Tough and Tender - The Top 20 Female Performances of 2008

Twenty talented ladies, 20 performances worthy of multiple little gold men. Unfortunately, as in all years, someone has to come out on top. But after looking over this impressive list, picking the preeminent turn of 2008 seems almost impossible.

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Changeling

A movie made with awards season in mind, Changeling offers extravagant affects and overwritten speeches.

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Identities in Flux

Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York is performance art as civilization-annihilating Godzilla, whereas Eastwood's Changeling is a film that wins the stranger than fiction category, hands-down.

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Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 3

Day Three - The final ten, a cross-culture collection teeming with big ideas, larger than life visions, and perhaps the greatest documentary on rugby you've probably never heard of.

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Burn After Reading

Ozzie (John Malkovich) embodies the problem of the CIA, of the "intelligence community," which is that it reacts to data, then fashions a story about it to comport with the reaction.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: October 2008

What studio suit thought this was a good idea? With four months to schedule your high priced efforts, you instead unload almost 30 overpriced pictures on an unsuspecting movie audience.

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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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Klimt

Klimt certainly led a life worthy of making into a movie, but we would have been better off with a more traditional biopic than this self-indulgent art-flick.

Mehera Bonner
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Art School Confidential (2006)

While director Terry Zwigoff seemed to have held the patent on this sort of offbeat tone in his past work, his kooky rudeness is his undoing, here

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The Libertine (2004)

Rochester is "a beaten man," observes writer-director Laurence Dunmore, "Whilst he sort of knee-jerks the defiance."

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Art School Confidential (2006)

As much as Jerome's harsh appraisals of his peers and teachers appear to be warranted, Art School Confidential doesn't exactly endorse his aspirations.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Libertine (2004)

John Wilmot, the Second Earl of Rochester (Johnny Depp), is always the smartest guy in the room.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

For all its possibilities -- and its crazily pleasant animations --the movie takes a more or less conventional narrative shape.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Ford Prefect (Mos Def) wanders into the film of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a little late, and in no hurry.

Cynthia Fuchs
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A Talking Picture (2003)

A Talking Picture is marked lamentably by self-congratulation, cultural pretension, and Islamophobia.

Lester Pimentel
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Mulholland Falls (1996)

Mulholland Falls resembles an episode of Law & Order with funny hats.

Kevin Jagernauth
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The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

John Malkovich and Javier Bardem shed welcome light on their thinking about this sophisticated meditation on terrorism, trust, and desire.

Cynthia Fuchs
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I'm Going Home (2001)

Explores the ageless, ceaseless, and fruitless desire to find a place of peace.

Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece
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Johnny English (2003)

'He may be a fool, but he's a fool who keeps showing up.'"

Jesse Hassenger
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The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

Both the terrorists and the administration, ironically, invest in a paradoxical faith -- in the power of seeing and remaining unseen.

Cynthia Fuchs
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I'm Going Home (2001)

I'm Going Home not only retains its heart, but expands it until the film's emotional power is almost too much to handle.

Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece
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Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich is about celebrity culture, as it inspires, frustrates and pummels you into such desire.

Cynthia Fuchs
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