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Like Real Life 'Election' Is Dark, Hilarious, and Cringe-worthy

Alexander Payne's 1999 cult black comedy about high school politics is ripe for a revisit, and Criterion is up to the task.

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Really, 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

What was something of a self-indulgent escapade in the UK version takes on far more resonance and dramatic and cultural relevance in the US version.

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Part 1: The Thin Red Line to Star Wars Episode I (January - May 1999)

The first part of PopMatters' look back at the films of 1999 is bookended by the long awaited return of two cinematic auteurs of wildly different styles, Terrence Malick and George Lucas.

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The Tale of Despereaux

The movie starts with a cute sleight-of-handy gimmick, the sort that assumes a canny audience who’s a step ahead of regular narrative conventions.

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Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 3

Day Three - The final ten, a cross-culture collection teeming with big ideas, larger than life visions, and perhaps the greatest documentary on rugby you've probably never heard of.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off: I Love the 80s edition

The film—and Ferris—is still as fresh and fun, witty and irreverent as ever. It’s a true classic, a pinnacle of its genre.

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Finding Amanda

Too much of Peter Tolan's movie takes up Taylor's self-absorption as if it's actually interesting.

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Then She Found Me

As cute and inoffensive and eventually uplifting as Then She Found Me may be, it is also a formulaic exercise.

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Bee Movie

A possible trans-species romance turns instead into a strangely balanced relationship comprised of financial and legal accord -- with a bit of ecological crisis and subsequent alignment to boot.

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Deck the Halls (2006)

How did it happen that such determinedly ugly 'men must learn their holiday lessons' movies are now de rigeur?

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Strangers with Candy (2006)

Jerri Blank repeatedly acts like a feral white trash child, a sort of spiteful id.

Daynah Burnett
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Bueller Bueller Edition (1986)

Call us the Breakfast Club Generation. We are all Molly Ringwald.

John G. Nettles
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The Producers (2005)

No one can be wholly ruined in a big fat sardonic musical, a form demanding grandeur, gaucheness, and above all, giddy delights. Unfortunately, this movie musical rather forgets the movie part.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Stepford Wives (2004)

Director Frank Oz asserts, 'There is no such a thing as Stepford. Stepford is in the mind.'"

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The Stepford Wives (2004)

Joanna's paucity of spirit is odiously illustrated during the first five minutes of The Stepford Wives.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Road to Wellville (1994)

Contrary to Kellogg's message, self-denial is ultimately the disease, not the cure.

John G. Nettles
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