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'The Walk' Is Part Caper and Part Thrilling Ballet

Joseph Gordon-Levitt finds a winning vulnerability and doubt behind the tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s preternatural confidence.

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One by One, We're All Becoming Shades: An Interview with Anjelica Huston

In her newest film 50/50, the actress brings everything full circle, combining comedy and high drama with another far less-discussed area of her expertise: the ability to work a good old-fashioned bad wig and turn it into a powerful acting tool.

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Uncertainty: A Meditation on Choice in New York City

Uncertainty may not be deeply profound, but McGhee and Siegel, and their lead actors, use the film to explore the power of chance and choice in a subtle and emotionally compelling way.

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A Little Human Magic in Recent DVDs

Either by coincidence or because I just happened to watch these all on a cold day when I needed a little warmth, the magic of the human condition emerged as a trend in these new DVD releases.

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Summer of Same: July 2009

In a rare attempt at novelty, July jets along with only Harry Potter and the Ice Age crew sampling continuing series spoils. The rest provide unknown pleasures.

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Stop-Loss

Realism doesn't make a better movie, just a more sensitive one.

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Stop-Loss

In Brandon's confrontations with his own delusions, Stop-Loss focuses on unhealthy rituals of manhood and male community recalling Peirce's Boys Don't Cry.

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The Lookout

The actual heist is merely a backdrop for the internal monsters that plague the protagonist. This makes for an amazing story.

Tiffany White
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The Lookout (2007)

Gordon-Levitt makes Chris' efforts to look at himself honestly seem quite complicated, a series of steps both typical and original.

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The Pay Off: The Best Film of 2006

For many of the movies on PopMatters' 2006 list of the year's best films, it is clear that a heavy personal and professional stake was riding on the final product.

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Brick (2005)

"When you are a teenager," says Rian Johnson, "When you are in that world, you don't have that [adult] perspective. And in a subjective way, [high school is] the most serious time in your life."

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Shadowboxer (2005)

While their profession is both odious and familiar, Mikey and Rose's sexual relationship is less commonplace.

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Brick (2005)

Brendan, with the glasses, makes it his business to see what's going on, being the usual noir guy who walks mean streets.

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Mysterious Skin (2005)

Rendered in vivid colors, Neil's past appears more lucid than the present, but his memories are also selective and likely unreliable.

Aman Agah
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Manic (2001)

As Lyle first enters the ward, the film takes on a yellow cast, blurry and skittery under an Aphex Twin track.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Manic (2001)

Lyle confronts a pack of variously troubled kids, joined together in relentless and surly angst.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Treasure Planet (2002)

A space opera in touch with its feminine side.

John G. Nettles

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