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Alexander Payne's 'Downsizing' Is No Small Misfire

The new social satire from normally reliable director Alexander Payne is a well-meaning premise in search of a story.

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What Happens to the Human Body in 'Elysium'

Elysium is another allegory, a sharper, more finely honed story than District 9, with less leaden symbolism, still stamped with Neill Blomkamp's less admirable quirks.

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'Good Will Hunting: 15th Anniversary Edition' Proves that the Film Never Loses Its Charm

A friendship that’s tested the boundaries of Hollywood flops and Sexiest Man Alive beauty contests, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck sat down to revisit Good Will Hunting on the 15th anniversary Bluray edition.

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Kenneth Lonergan's Film 'Margaret' Finally Emerges After Six Years of Delays

Though a very long time in coming, the much-anticipated Margaret very recently made brief runs in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, greeting packed houses wherever it went.

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Part 5: Toy Story 2 to Titus (November - December 1999)

On this final day of PopMatters' 1999 overview, awards season hype gives way to pure acting prowess and definitive directorial flair.

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Part 4: All About My Mother to Sleepy Hollow (October - November 1999)

Outsiders and oddballs make up Part Four's formidable filmmakers, an idiosyncratic collection of dreamers and visionaries.

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Youth Without Youth

"You learn more quickly, more profoundly in dreams" -- the audience becomes a part of the hallucinations.

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A Gallery of Good Works: The Best Films of 2007

From Julian Schnabel's artsy The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the legendary Coen Brothers splendid adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, PopMatters counts down the 30 best films of 2007.

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The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum is one of the most enjoyable documents of cultural paranoia and political alienation you’ll see this year.

Boyd Williamson
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Youth Without Youth

Based on the writings of Mircea Eliade, Francis Ford Coppola's first movie in 10 years is goofy, contrived, and self-absorbed.

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The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum lives and dies by its car chases and fisticuffs, and it has to be said that some of the best examples in the genre exist in this electrifying film.

Bill Gibron
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The Bourne Ultimatum

Bourne is the logical product of the secret CIA program that made him, the dark routes by which a desire for surveillance and security gives way to brutal dominion and extreme measures.

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Howard Zinn: A People's Historian

Howard Zinn's You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train serves as an important reminder to anyone academia-minded that professional advancement and the goals of education do not always converge.

Chris Robé
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Oceans Thirteen (2007)

Every time George Clooney or Bernie Mac admits to the lameness of Number Two, the third film in the franchise can't help but promise improvement.

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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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Monkey Business (Part 2: June)

Apparently, as the sun's strongest rays finally settle over the movie going public, sequels are the remedy to cool down an overheated demographic. This month alone holds five examples of such redux refreshment. The rest of the choices are a variety pack of genres, ideas and possibilities.

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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.

Michael Patrick Brady
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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 Good Shepherd (2006)

For Edward, the CIA forms a circular logic: members define the mission and vice versa.

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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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Syriana (2005)

If you come away with nothing else from Syriana, it's that this concept -- winning -- is an illusion, at least in any sort of long run.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

'This is why I love DVDs,' says Terry Gilliam. 'I can completely destroy the illusion of my film.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Syriana (2005)

This Middle Eastern spy thriller is complex and earnest, a film that repays close attention.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Will worries out loud, 'Nothing makes sense here, it's like being inside Jake's head.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Project Greenlight 3

The drama that erupts when these high-profile overachievers are put in the same room is far more entertaining than the movies they produce.

Michael Buening
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The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

Embodying the ruthlessness of the eat-its-own CIA (as well as the entertainment industry), Bourne isn't seeking revenge in the usual sense.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Stuck on You (2003)

While the initial twins material is weak, the Hollywood lampoon barely gets off the ground, and the love story is so lightweight, it practically floats.

Bill Gibron
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Stuck on You (2003)

Draggy as its comedy can be, Stuck on You's humanity is always sprightly and engaging.

Jesse Hassenger
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Project Greenlight

The new directors press on and are, by turns, stupid, silly, arrogant, conciliatory, and astonishingly clever.

Frances Katz
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Gerry (2002)

By turns daunting and absorbing, the film is about movement that seems hopeless, that takes you nowhere, that's increasingly slowed but also increasingly urgent.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Bourne Identity (2002)

The CIA here is an intensely low-down, sinister, and duplicitous organization.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is about preserving rugged individualism and protecting the homeland.

Tracy McLoone
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Ocean's Eleven (2001)

The background surf, unbuttoned shirt, and look away from the camera -- all this demonstrates just how movie-starness is done. The plot, like I say, is beside the point.

Cynthia Fuchs
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