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'Masters of Sex' Is Hardly Clinical

Showtime's Masters of Sex is daring, surprising, and often beautiful, owing much to its stellar cast and writers.

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Underworld and Underworld: Evolution

Whereas The Matrix relied on hyper-cool outfits and the beauty of stylized action sequences to help tell its weird little story, Underworld relies on them to try to make us forget that we are watching a story this insipid.

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The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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Iconic - The Top 20 Male Performances of 2008

Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.

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Frost/Nixon

No matter Frost/Nixon's efforts to revise it, history will never be the same.

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Frost/Nixon: An Interview with a Vampire

Frank Langella seethes and pulsates with cunning as the deposed president in 'Frost/Nixon', a far cry from the grinning cowboy executive Josh Brolin presented in 'W'.

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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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Music Within

The film marks its "period" incessantly, with every clichéd backing track you can think of.

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The Queen (2006)

When acting the part of a living icon, the aim is to achieve "likeness" rather than the "like", to interpret rather than replicate.

Jake Meaney
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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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Blood Diamond (2006)

The movie can't seem to get out of its own way, relying on melodramatic clichés to make complex political observations.

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The Queen (2006)

The several shots of Elizabeth II driving her SUV over bumpy roadways are quite the highlight in The Queen.

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Underworld: Evolution (2006)

Race here is not an inherent or stable identity, but mutable and mutating.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Dirty Filthy Love (2004)

We are introduced to Mark as he's lying in bed unable to move, from his room, also his sanctuary from the uncontrollable world around him.

Beth Gottfried
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Bright Young Things (2004)

Stephen Fry can't throw us any curveballs because he's got to stick close to Waugh, so he subjects us to formulaic depravity for three-quarters of the film, with minor variations.

Dan Devine
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The Laws of Attraction (2004)

All this back-and-forth is tedious, in part because it means that Audrey and Daniel spend a lot of time together.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Underworld: Extended Cut (2003)

Such contrasts make Underworld an especially good-looking vampire-werewolf-action film, even if it is over-the-top.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Laws of Attraction (2004)

Daniel inhabits a universe where his judgments, his desires, and his insights (no matter how obnoxious, self-serving, or willfully blind) are always right.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Underworld (2003)

Underworld has more on its mind than matching its throbbing rock soundtrack to action sequences.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Underworld (2003)

The primary point is the look -- the drenching rain, the blazing gunfire, the catsuit.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Four Feathers (2002)

It's alarmingly short-sighted fiction, offering only occasional glimpses of the imperial project's fundamental viciousness and ignorance.

Cynthia Fuchs
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