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Philip Seymour Hoffman Grappled With Broken Systems in His Final Roles

Both A Most Wanted Man and God's Pocket reminder us of how Hoffman always rose to the occasion of the role and drew our attention to the larger structures at play.

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The Situation

As The Situation makes a mucky melodrama out of the war in Iraq, it accommodates an American perspective of its own actions.

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High Redefinition: The 30 Best TV Shows of 2007

In memoriam of a TV season cut down before its prime time, PopMatters staff celebrates the Top 30 TV Shows of 2007. Some are old favorites. Others have barely made their impression felt. But at a time when all broadcast fortunes are up in the air, they definitely deserve the recognition.

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ON THE TUBE: Critics go mad for AMC's 'Mad Men'

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Mad Men

Mad Men is stylish and clever, showing men who are simultaneously at the pinnacle of their corporate and personal worlds, and at risk of losing everything.

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The Situation (2006)

Even as The Situation makes a mucky melodrama out of the war in Iraq, this effect does not seem entirely inappropriate, as it accommodates a U.S. perspective of its own actions.

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The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)

Christopher Reeve's film seems geared less towards portraying the warts and all existence of a disabled person, than showing what can be achieved with a little selfless dedication.

Nikki Tranter
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Jack & Bobby

No matter how much we learn of the President, he remains distant, a mythical figure recalled with admiration by friends and foes alike.

Samantha Bornemann
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Sam the Man (2000)

If Sam the Man didn't tackle some difficult relationship questions so perceptively, its horrible lead and crappy lighting would have sunk it.

Nikki Tranter
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Jack & Bobby

The structure of Jack & Bobby is more ambitious and convoluted than most teen fare, investing its heroes with a historical weight and grandeur, even if that history is fictional.

Cynthia Fuchs
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K Street

What does make K Street fascinating is the pinpoint accuracy with which it details the day-to-day lives of its principals.

James Oliphant
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