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Everything in its Right Place: The Best Female Acting Performances of 2009

Mazur checks out the year's best female acting and offers up a mostly alternative opinion to the boring Oscar-begging consensus picks including some you might not have heard about, yet.

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The Sentinel (2006)

A woefully timid, allegedly paranoid, political thriller short on thrills, shorter on paranoia, and shortest on politics.

Jake Meaney
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The Sentinel (2006)

I suppose if you're going to cast the deliriously overexposed Eva Longoria -- and give her a weapon, to boot -- you might as well make fun of the fact that you've done so.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Cellular (2004)

Cellular is so corny it's even behind its own time.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Door in the Floor (2004)

Mimi Rogers plays a John Irving trademark, the self-hating and much humiliated woman as wholly irritating 'comic' device.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Cool World (1992)

The doodles are all bulbous heads, puckered lips and low-slung Cro-Magnon shoulders.

Jesse Hassenger
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People I Know (2003)

It's a tribute to Pacino's skill as an actor that, although we pity Eli, we also understand his fatigue.

Jesse Hassenger
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8 Mile (2002)

Such fictionalizing ensures Eminem's lovability, across all categories.

Cynthia Fuchs

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