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A Hands-Off Approach Goes a Long Way in 'Philomena'

The direction is solid but not overbearing, the score subtle and light, the entire affair very nicely cushioned around Coogan and Dench's performances, and the film is all the more effective because of it.

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OMG - The 20 Worst Films of 2008

There's bad, and then there's 2008 level bad. You know this list is looking down into a deep dark bottomless pit of cinematic despair when Mike Myers' shameful Love Guru didn't even make the Top 20!

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Cut to the Whatever

Marc Forster's Quantum of Solace slices away nearly every element of the old Bond, and leaves nothing in its place.

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Quantum of Solace

Bond (Daniel Craig) seems done in by the notion that M is indeed his maternal superior, and so he must please her, or at least pretend that he's playing by rules that he and she and all the rest of us know he disrespects from jump.

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The Anton Chekhov Collection

A superbly acted, exhaustively complete summary of the great Russian’s dramas that provides real depth of insight into the plays and their possibilities.

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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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Notes on a Scandal (2006)

Oscars – like secrets – can be seductive, and this little film means to tempt us. Dame Judi gives an absolutely pulverizing performance.

Jarrett Berman
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Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale feels sleek, lean, shorn of fat, lithely running freely along that relentless but perilous path from point A to point B in classic parkourfashion.

Jake Meaney
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Notes on a Scandal (2006)

As much as Barbara judges, you may find yourself in a quandary, not judging so much as taking pleasure in her vile, brilliant perfection.

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Casino Royale (2006)

The new Bond understands loss, but focuses on revenge instead of grief. He's a hard body in a hard new world.

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The Thames Shakespeare Collection: MacBeth/King Lear/Romeo & Juliet/Twelfth Night (1976)

For those who never tire of the great playwright, there can never be enough attempts to interpret Shakespeare: every new endeavor is simply another gem in the Bard's jewel-laden crown. The Thames collection is such a gem.

Kathryn Atwood
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Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

Mrs. Henderson (Judi Dench) is 'old money', but age and wealth haven't dulled her tongue or tempered her personality.

Jesse Hicks
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Wetherby (1985)

Crippled by their past and unable to function in the present, these characters represent what David Hare calls 'the part-emotional landscape that is England.'"

Kevin Jagernauth
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The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

The return of Riddick (Vin Diesel) begins with lots of noise.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Die Another Day (2002)

Bond's issues have to do with self-identity.

Cynthia Fuchs

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