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Naomi Watts’ "Impossible" Odds

Joe Vallese looks at the curious case of Naomi Watts' history with Oscar...

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The International

Tom Tykwer's thriller shrewdly introduces Lou (Clive Owen) as he observes rather than acts.

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Funny Games

Michael Haneke's scene for scene remake of his own 1997 film, Funny Games, appears to be premised on displeasure.

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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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Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Male

From the tender and eerie precision of Sam Riley's depiction of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in Control to yet another superlative performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, PopMatters highlights the best male actors of 2007.

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Eastern Promises

Eastern Promises crosses up and recombines stories of parents and children, even violence and history.

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Time Encapsulating: The Best DVDs of 2006

From solid single issues to amazingly complete film and television compilations, the works highlighted here argue for DVD's continued importance.

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The Painted Veil (2006)

The Painted Veil uses its narrative limits to make its political case, that privilege breeds ignorance.

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King Kong (2005)

Jackson's film makes Ann's admiration for Kong an earnest distraction from her eventual, proper coupledom with Jack (who, even with Brody's Men's Health coverboy abs, can't compete with the potent spectacle of Kong).

Cynthia Fuchs
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Stay (2005)

Often evocative, sometimes audacious, and finally undone by an inelegant close, Stay is less interested in story than in impressions.

Cynthia Fuchs
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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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The Ring 2 (2005)

Rachel misses the fact that she's living in a horror movie sequel, which ordains that she's not anywhere near 'starting over' in the usual sense.

Cynthia Fuchs
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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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The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

With remote in hand, monitor glare on his face, Sam is suitably horrified when the TV reflects his own sense of disarray.

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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We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)

We Don't Live Here Anymore gives weight, indirectly, to the kids' belief that their parents form a unit.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Ned Kelly (2003)

Ned might have been a criminal in the eyes of the law, but to working class Australians he was a hero wrongly accused.

Daniel Mudie Cunningham
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21 Grams (2003)

In 21 Grams, the fragmentation is pronounced, chaotic to the point of mathematical precision.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Le Divorce (2003)

Like previous Merchant-Ivory productions, Le Divorce concerns culture clashes, disruptive expatriates, and squabbles over stuff.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Ring (2002)

Gore Verbinski's The Ring is relentlessly disquieting and incoherent, and sometimes trite in ways it doesn't need to be.

Cynthia Fuchs
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