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Robin Wright Makes 'House of Cards: Season Three' Shine

Its plotholes are not as obvious as they were in Season Two, but Season Three's real strength lies in Clarie Underwood, and her journey makes the best case for House of Cards' staying power yet.

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20 Questions: Cassettes Won't Listen

Let's be honest: guys who used to work for Def Jux records don't usually get cease-and-desist letters from Kevin Spacey. Yet this is just one facet of the ever-fascinating life of Jason Drake, and it makes for one hell of a 20 Questions.

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'The Usual Suspects' Remains a Writer's Revelation

The motion picture marketplace rarely defends the author. In this case, the scribe wins.

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Summer of Same: June 2009

This month's "original" fare offers a take on a Sid and Marty Krofft classic, more battling seizure robots, and the retaking of '70s subway thriller. Everything old is new again.

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Part 3: The Sixth Sense to Fight Club (August - October 1999)

Films that have left a lasting impression on their creators (M. Night Shyamalan, Sam Mendes, David Fincher) make up the majority of Part Three of our Films of 1999 overview.

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Recount

Recount doesn't quite argue that the system remains infinitely gameable for those who know it, those in power who wish to remain in power.

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21

Even if card counting is legal, this gangster-style brutality plainly cannot be, yet it provides long minutes of hackneyed menace, a B-movie plot point that only underlines 21's unoriginality.

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Fred Claus

What is Ludacris doing in this movie?

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Superman Returns (2006)

Superman has seen the aftermath of world destruction, and he's come back with a perspective not quite so boldly idealistic or pompously ideological.

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Beyond the Sea (2004)

Kevin Spacey looks alternately fatigued and awkward as Bobby Darin.

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The United States of Leland (2003)

Leland meets a teacher who's been tending to young hard cases for too long.

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The United States of Leland (2003)

Leland will come to be instructive and redemptive for others, just as he has tried to find instruction and redemption in others.

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The Life of David Gale (2003)

Only Clint Eastwood could have cooked up a more dramatic climax to an innocent-man-on-death-row plot, which he did, in True Crime.

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