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The Rich Humanism of Sebastián Lelio's 'Gloria Bell'

For those curious about what awaits them on the other side of youth, writer-director Sebastián Lelio's indie drama Gloria Bell offers an unflinching glimpse at some unforgiving terrain.

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What Just Happened

Less an expose than a recap of what even casual observers of the industry know or intuit, What Just Happened relies on clichés even as it deplores them.

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Why, Spike, Why?

For all of Spike Lee's status as the eternal Young Turk, he's also a moviemaker who came of age just a few years after the brat pack of Spielberg, Scorsese, de Palma, et al.

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You Don't Mess with the Zohan

Plenty of New York racial tension, old-lady sex, animal abuse, and hackey-sack.

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Miracle at St. Anna

Spike Lee's answer to the many WWII movies that have left out the experiences of black soldiers, Miracle at St. Anna is ambitious and ardent.

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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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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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You Don't Mess with the Zohan

You Don't Mess with the Zohan is cacophonous and competitive comedy, more exhausting than fun.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: June 2008

If May almost tent-poled itself out of existence, June will be even worse. After all, are audiences really ready for 13 major release in less than two months -- with more to come?

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Margot at the Wedding

Vivid impressions that make us look closely into Baumbach's fascinating, semi-miserable world.

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Romance & Cigarettes

Turturro has filled the screen with plenty of song, dance, and sex talk, but this is not your typical love story.

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A Gallery of Good Works: The Best Films of 2007

From Julian Schnabel's artsy The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the legendary Coen Brothers splendid adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, PopMatters counts down the 30 best films of 2007.

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Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Female

From the most sweetly nuanced performance of Jennifer Jason Leigh's career to Cate Blanchett's revelatory portrayal of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There, the women of 2007 were stellar.

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Margot at the Wedding

The brisk 92-minute film explores the intensity of the women’s relationship, and how they are inherently tied to one another, whether they like it or not.

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Margot at the Wedding

Margot at the Wedding doesn’t resolve as much as it devolves into a series of arguments and dire revelations.

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Transformers

Consider the patience and time it takes to build a ship in a bottle. Now imagine a fully functional Spanish Armada in a snow globe.

Erik Hinton
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Transformers (2007)

The point here is excess. For 144 minutes, the film pummels and pounds, delivering explosions, combat troops, speeding vehicles, computer codes, giant robots -- and more explosions.

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Transformers (2007)

Without the weight of an already formed franchise to pull it down, this filmic funhouse is allowed to spin wildly out of control. We simply sit back and enjoy the operatic ride.

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Monkey Business (Part 3: July)

Finally, a month with only one remaining series contender. All wizard based Potter-y aside, this will be the most tenuous time for the business called show. After a strong start, the eccentric collection of entertainments here could make or break this potentially record shattering motion picture season.

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The Good Shepherd (2006)

For Edward, the CIA forms a circular logic: members define the mission and vice versa.

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She Hate Me (2004)

As the last bill appears -- a three dollar 'bogus' bill featuring George W. Bush's face -- Spike Lee laughs. 'Hopefully, by the time you're seeing this DVD, he'll be out!'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Secret Window (2004)

'Johnny's look,' says director David Koepp, 'mostly came from Johnny'.

Cynthia Fuchs
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She Hate Me (2004)

Spike Lee's She Hate Me begins with money.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Secret Window (2004)

The foremost asset of this Stephen King adaptation is the wondrous Johnny Depp.

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Anger Management (2003)

Dave (Adam Sandler) grumbles okay, to everything, his face reorganized into a permanent twist.

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Mr. Deeds (2002)

It's all a saggy, inept mess. And it really makes you long for Michael Keaton and 'The Banana Boat Song'.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Collateral Damage (2002)

As Schwarzenegger described the whole shebang to the guys on 'Fox NFL Sunday', 'There's some serious butt-kicking going on.'"

Cynthia Fuchs

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