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'Captain Marvel' Sees the MCU Through a Woman Character's Eyes

Captain Marvel is a solid start for a strong, compelling character that will grace the big screen for years to come.

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The Tragedy of the Family Game in 'The Road to Perdition'

Sam Mendes’ virtuoso control behind the camera mesmerizes and hypnotizes, his depiction of Depression-era America a stasis of tragedy, each death inevitable but slow to ferment.

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With the Help of Holmesavision: 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'

Those not so worried about the path this adaptation’s Sherlock Holmes is taking should enjoy going along for the ride -- by carriage, automobile, pony, or train -- on another boisterous adventure.

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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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Part 1: The Thin Red Line to Star Wars Episode I (January - May 1999)

The first part of PopMatters' look back at the films of 1999 is bookended by the long awaited return of two cinematic auteurs of wildly different styles, Terrence Malick and George Lucas.

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My Blueberry Nights

Wong's films are structured around images of characters in repose, of interactions weighted with desire, and of individual memory and fantasy.

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My Blueberry Nights

In Blueberry Nights, attractions are premised on separate losses, cultivations of similar heartaches, and delights in desserts.

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Sleuth

Both dazzlingly brilliant and incredibly irritating, often most irritating when it catches itself being brilliant.

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Gattaca

This film is quietly provocative, well crafted, and a subtle meditation on the future.

Shaun Huston
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Sleuth

The various distancing effects make the watching somewhat abstract, an exercise in self-awareness.

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The Holiday (2006)

Even though the nostalgic aspects are mildly graceful, the contemporary characters' every move is still riddled with cliché and schmaltz.

Matt Mazur
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Breaking and Entering (2006)

While Breaking and Entering leans heavily on its metaphors (see especially, the titular allusions), it doesn't make any of its roiling notions compelling.

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The Holiday (2006)

The Holiday pretends its happy endings are premised on the women realizing their capacities as leading ladies. Really, what they're doing is finding the "right" men.

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All The Kings Men (2006)

As the designated observer of his friend's decline, not to mention a reporter by vocation, Jack's lack of insight or anticipation also looks a bit silly.

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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: Special Collector's Edition (2004)

Based on three Snicket books, the film mostly takes the kids' perspective, and so delights in the gooey and the ooky.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Closer (2004)

This leads to titillation, judgment, desire, and commerce all around. How Howard Stern.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Alfie (2004)

Jude Law's performance is wholly charming and energetic.

Cynthia Fuchs
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I Heart Huckabees: 2-Disc Special Edition (2004)

The Special Edition is loaded with so much self-referential material and 'oh so clever' concepts that they threaten to make the movie into its own cult object.

Bill Gibron
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I Heart Huckabees: 2-Disc Special Edition (2004)

As hard as he tries, Albert can't quite keep up with the Jaffes' questions, let alone their answers.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

Kevin Conran seems pleased to admit that he has never stepped foot inside Radio City Music Hall.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Aviator (2004)

The Aviator portrays Hughes as a rebel and a genius, a dashing young man with ambition, hope, and nerve.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Elastic and not a little ewwwy, Jim Carrey's Olaf is fond of his own unclever pronouncements and unsubtle when it comes to plotting.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Closer (2004)

This leads to titillation, judgment, desire, and commerce all around. How Howard Stern.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Alfie (2004)

Surrounded by urgent, provocative signposts that he just can't see, Alfie remains lost.

Cynthia Fuchs
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I Heart Huckabees (2004)

Albert is again faced with basic questions: Are we really 'all connected'? How can 'everything be the same even if it's different'?"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

If the glorious surprise offered up by The Wizard of Oz was its depiction of a world beyond any material reality, the agreeable gimmick of Sky Captain is its imitation of what's come before.

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Cold Mountain: Collector's Edition (2003)

Anthony Minghella's image of the birds in snow articulates Cold Mountain's aesthetic and themes, its interest in collision and reverie, in nostalgia and resistance.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Cold Mountain (2003)

The first scene in Cold Mountain is sensational and sickening, an apt introduction to what will be a Civil War saga.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Road to Perdition (2002)

The perfectly grim surface evokes eons of pain, as well as a highly stylized contemporary sensibility, not so much cynical as skeptical and self-aware.

Cynthia Fuchs
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