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How Jon Favreau's 'Iron Man 2' Peaks -- Then Crashes

Tony spends the first half of the film worrying about his legacy but also trying to have fun with the time he has left. It's rather like MCU's superhero film challenges of the time.

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'Identity Thief' Struggles With Its Own Identity

Despite a solid trope and a topical premise, the story and characters aren’t quite sure what, or who, they want to be.

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The All-Sex Hex: Why Olivia Wilde Deserves More Credit

Now that Olivia Wilde has put rumors of a turbulent post-divorce love life to bed by revealing a "no sex hex" on her new home, it's confront the all-sex hex that has plagued valuations of her acting.

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I Love You, Man

I Love You, Man is a buddy flick worked out as a chick flick, complete with makeovers, bonding montages, a break-up and make-up.

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Superheroes Versus Comics

There can be no doubt that the summer of 2008 stands as a high-water mark for superheroes. But in the wake of a superhero renaissance and the growing cultural legitimacy of the genre, the question must be posed: Has the superhero genre evolved beyond the comics medium?

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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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Four Christmases

Motherhood, Four Christmases submits, is all Kate needs to be happy. The husband, he's incidental.

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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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Iron Man (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)

Every explosion and punch-line lives and dies by Downey's performance, but he proves more than up to the task, making the ride all the more enjoyable.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: November 2008

Like the sainted sigh of relief that comes after another shriek-filled All Hallow's Eve, November usually means the start of the 'nominate me' process for the proposed prestige pictures of 2008.

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Iron Man

For all Tony's new understanding of "peace," the fact that Iron Man is in fact a weapon allows the film to do what summer movies must do: clanking and bashing, zooming, shooting, and exploding.

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The Break-Up (2006)

For all that goes wrong with The Break-Up, the most compelling question it raises has to do with the state of the romantic comedy.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

When Lisa thaws, she's granted a limited gamut of roles, from screaming victim to gushy girl to action-heroic savior.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Wimbledon (2004)

Theirs is an altogether formulaic affair -- complete with wishing on comets, lolling by fountains, running from paparazzi.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Elf (2003)

Crass and cunning: 'tis the season.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Daredevil (2003)

Daredevil has good reasons for his gear, and for the screwed-up attitude that goes with.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Daredevil (2003)

It's unlikely that this gloominess accounts for Daredevil's big success. There are any number of plausible explanations -- the 'Sexiest Man Alive' and his J. Lo glow, the promotional blitz, the Marvel machine. No matter. Bring the pain.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Daredevil (2003)

The good news is that Johnson's Daredevil follows Marvel's disability politics.

Todd R. Ramlow
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