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The Tense Tale of 'Black Butterfly' Almost Twists Itself Apart

Imagination and violence collide in this story within a story.

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In 'From Paris with Love' Dir. Morel's Action Scenes and '90s References are Far From Subtle

Come back to us, Jerry Bruckheimer! From Paris with Love is so fun-minded that it lacks any tension, even in its serious bits.

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The Tudors: Season Three Premiere

The Tudors reminds us that, like Islam and Judaism today, Christianity has had, and undoubtedly continues to have, its own fundamentalists, ideologues, and terrorists.

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Part 5: Toy Story 2 to Titus (November - December 1999)

On this final day of PopMatters' 1999 overview, awards season hype gives way to pure acting prowess and definitive directorial flair.

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Children of Huang Shi

Children of Huang Shi is another movie about a well-meaning white man stumbling into an exotic and unknowable elsewhere where he learns all about himself.

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Super Duper Bad: The Worst Films of 2007

From Good Luck Chuck to Julie Taymor's ill-advised Beatlesque '60s tribute Across the Universe, PopMatters presents the dreck of 2007.

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August Rush

Evan has the great good luck of being a veritable Magical Negro magnet.

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The Tudors

The Tudors is pointed in its critical assessment of Enlightenment philosophy, whose legacies (individualism, liberal humanism) still adhere in today's world.

Todd R. Ramlow
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Match Point (2005)

Chris is fond of Enrico Caruso, whose voice 'expresses everything that's tragic about life,' one of these Allenish aphorisms that's probably true but just sounds trite.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Alexander: Director's Cut (2004)

Oliver Stone calls his Alexander 'a new genre, a masculine-feminine action figure,' more like Monty Clift and James Dean than Russell Crowe.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Alexander (2004)

Though Olympias is unbeatably charismatic (and plain fun amid all the drearily inclined boys), the film takes a typically Stonian approach to the evil woman.

Cynthia Fuchs
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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)

For all the inevitability of Will's descent, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead is an almost perversely moving experience.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Vanity Fair (2004)

Ah, to be young, bright, and scheming in 19th-century Britain!"

Cynthia Fuchs
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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)

Will (Clive Owen) is a menace, even to the bad guys.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Indian and British, white and brown and black, queer and straight. It's all in the mix.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

The girls in 'Bend It Like Beckham' have grown up crossing cultural borders on a daily basis, and see such negotiations as nothing special.

Cynthia Fuchs

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