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Why There Should Never, Ever Be a Sequel to 'The Truman Show'

Why won't fans let Jim Carrey's Truman be free?

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John Adams (HBO Miniseries)

Avoiding the powdered-wig iconography of the founding fathers, this film broadens the view of these revolutionary leaders and their tumultuous times.

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The Savages

Sometimes the simplest stories about the most ordinary of people can be the most engaging, rewarding and entertaining.

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The Savages

The flawless performances and bracing humor enliven this film's grim subject matter.

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The Savages

Jenkins and her gifted cast have put together an insular film that subtly examines and questions the state of elder care in the United States.

Matt Mazur
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The Savages

Tamara Jenkins' movie mixes bleak humor and acute insight, familiar and strange at the same time.

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The Hottest State

For a film set mostly inside one character's head, The Hottest State spends a lot of time on the road.

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The Nanny Diaries

The Nanny Diaries' focus on beleaguered women doesn't lead to any sense of "freedom."

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Driving Lessons

Harry Potter's Rupert Grint steps out of Hogwarts quietly, as if on tiptoe.

Kate Williams
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Jindabyne (2006)

Jindabyne uses Claire and Stewart's increasingly visible and vicious upset to get at broader social and political upsets.

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Monkey Business (Part 4: August)

In past years, Hollywood purposely counter programmed these renowned Cineplex dog days, trying to offset the perception that cinematic scraps were all the studios had to offer. From the look of this lame list, it's apparently back to the filmic fridge for some patently warmed over offerings.

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Breach (2007)

Eric has his Hanssenesque moments, proud of being able to "read" his man, but the film makes their differences more pronounced than their similarities. While Eric adheres to a moral code familiar in spy movies, Hanssen remains slippery.

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Driving Lessons (2006)

As if the "driving lessons" metaphor is not burdensome enough, the film presents Ben with a series of non-options.

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Man of the Year (2006)

The troubles with Barry Levinson's movie are many, including an erratic pace and too many unfunny diversions, but the primary issue, strangely, is its lack of pointed political humor.

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The Squid and the Whale (2005)

As Noah Baumbach's film tracks Walt's slow evolution during the months surrounding his parents' divorce, it keeps something of a distance, wry and observant.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

Even if Exorcism doesn't provide outright answers, its 'lessons' -- whether understood as secular or institutional -- seem clear enough.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Truman Show: Special Edition (1998)

You want the happy ending and Truman's self-assertion, even if that desire is shaped by those ideologies and ideals marketed by both Truman Shows.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Kinsey (2004)

Not only is the character difficult by heroic biopic standards, but his story combines radical thinking, extraordinary generosity, and supreme egotism.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Kinsey (2004)

At its best, Kinsey turns nearly impressionistic, as when it represents the doctor's increasingly convoluted relationships with his team.

Cynthia Fuchs
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p.s. (2004)

Simultaneously affectionate, startled, yearning, and anxious, Laura Linney and Topher Grace make awkwardness into art.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Love Actually (2003)

On occasion, the film allows a jaded sensibility to worm its way into this otherwise picturesque world.

Mary Colgan
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Mystic River (2003)

While the film doesn't elucidate Jimmy's own violent past, it is clear that he hasn't had misgivings until now.

Cynthia Fuchs
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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.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

As John (Richard Gere) begins to question his own journalistic rigor and even his sanity, a number of inconsistencies in the stories of the mothman crop up.

Todd R. Ramlow
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