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'Thor' Blasted the Comic Book Superhero Genre Away from Earth

Kenneth Branagh's Thor (2011) took the largely Earth-based, sci-fi genre into the realm of supernatural space fantasy, leading the way for a wider array of comic book superhero films.

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Valkyrie

Valkyrie's forward motion is stalled repeatedly by hyperbolically symbolic images, which also undercut some nuanced performances.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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Sleuth

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

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Sleuth

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

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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

Molly, Gracie, and Daisy's journey is mythic as much as it is historical.

Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

The cruelest of Malfoy's bigotries is directed against lovely, diligent Hermoine.

Cynthia Fuchs
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