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Too Much Is Never Enough in 'Pain & Gain'

Michael Bay’s frenzied, kaleidoscopic, dumb-ass magnum opus arrives on Blu-ray just in time to flex menacingly at The Great Gatsby from across the DVD aisle. The American dream lives on.

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'Entourage: The Complete Seventh Season': What the Eagles Warned You About

The players of Entourage wield words like weapons, their acidic bon mots the equivalent of machine gun fire.

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The Basketball Diaries

Another stepping stone in DiCaprio’s rise to superstardom, The Basketball Diaries details the alienation, abuse, and addiction of American punk Jim Carroll’s teenage years.

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Cracking the Spine: The Lovely Bones

The author's 'heaven' is a concrete and unexpected place with"lumbering women throwing shot put and javelin"; whereas the filmmaker's interpretation changes 'heaven' to something like a garish, 3-D Hallmark card.

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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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By One's Own Hand, Then

On the one hand society at large relies on moral and theological arguments to ban suicide; on the other our world is plagued with destructive wars and suicidal conflicts.

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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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The Happening

Watching this is rather like watching the grass grow. And blow in the wind. And trees. Bushes. Hedges. Blowing. You get the idea.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: October 2008

What studio suit thought this was a good idea? With four months to schedule your high priced efforts, you instead unload almost 30 overpriced pictures on an unsuspecting movie audience.

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The Happening

The Happening features an effectively stylized physical environment: rarely have clouds drifting overhead and wind blowing through trees and a sunny day been filmed so ominously.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: June 2008

If May almost tent-poled itself out of existence, June will be even worse. After all, are audiences really ready for 13 major release in less than two months -- with more to come?

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We Own the Night

You can see -- though the brothers take a few more scenes to catch up -- that each envies the other: Joe wants Bobby's seeming independence, Bobby wants daddy's approval.

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Part 5: The Return of the Auteur

That noise you heard near the start of the new millennium was the creative din of a brash new breed of filmmakers tearing down the traditions of mainstream moviemaking. Their motion picture mission statements -- including the ones featured on this list -- remain the rulebook for new generations of anxious film artists.

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Shooter (2007)

While Swagger describes himself modestly, he's also one of those highly trained government instruments whose post-trauma mission in life is vengeance.

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Shallow Graves

Martin Scorsese's hotly tipped Oscar fave, The Departed, plumbs the depths of the psychological and sociological motives of violence, loyalty, and duty.

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The Pay Off: The Best Film of 2006

For many of the movies on PopMatters' 2006 list of the year's best films, it is clear that a heavy personal and professional stake was riding on the final product.

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The Departed (2006)

The Departed's understanding of identity is deeply rooted in place and culture -- South Boston, Irish Catholicism, masculine rituals.

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Invincible (2006)

The hard-charging practice and game scenes take you onto the field and slam you into large, shoulder-padded men.

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Four Brothers (2005)

'I grew up in sunny southern California, and I'm not used to snow,' says John Singleton. 'I wanted to do a movie with snow in it, so here it is.'"

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Four Brothers (2005)

In between the guilt-tripping and the domestic melodrama, the boys argue over priorities.

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I Heart Huckabees: 2-Disc Special Edition (2004)

The Special Edition is loaded with so much self-referential material and 'oh so clever' concepts that they threaten to make the movie into its own cult object.

Bill Gibron
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I Heart Huckabees: 2-Disc Special Edition (2004)

As hard as he tries, Albert can't quite keep up with the Jaffes' questions, let alone their answers.

Cynthia Fuchs
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I Heart Huckabees (2004)

Albert is again faced with basic questions: Are we really 'all connected'? How can 'everything be the same even if it's different'?"

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Italian Job (2003)

As soon as John utters the words 'last job' to his darling girl, his fate (like the film's) is sealed.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Italian Job (2003)

As soon as John utters the words 'last job' to his darling girl, his fate (like the film's) is sealed.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Truth About Charlie (2002)

It conjures a perverse and giddy grace.

Cynthia Fuchs
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