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'Warrior': What Masculinity Entails, These Days

Warrior hits the screen as Greek tragedy manqué, a saga of economic recession and mixed martial arts.

Lesley Smith
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Independent Lens: Chicago 10

Opening the Fall 2008 season of Independent Lens, Chicago 10 revises old ideas -- about what constitutes history and documentary.

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Chicago 10

Where is our Chicago Ten? Where are our “conspirators”? Is Obama really supposed to fix everything? Can we really pretend that things are still getting better all the time?

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Are We Not Funny? Laugh, Damn You!

The problem with the (inexplicably popular) Tropic Thunder may be that Ben Stiller is just not a funny filmmaker. Not even remotely.

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Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder tells you that race and masculinity and class identity issues make men in this business mean and juvenile. And then it tells you again.

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Hulk: Revisited

In preparation for the franchise reboot starring Edward Norton, SE&L looks back at Ang Lee's 2003 version of the Big Green Meanie, a criminally marginalized movie that truly didn't deserve the critical or commercial drubbing it took at the time.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: August 2008

Talk about a crowded schedule. There are more offerings scheduled this month than in the previous two combined.

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Chicago 10

You can't make this stuff up: Bobby Seale, bound and gagged in a Chicago courtroom. But there it is, again, in big, brightly colored animation, in Brett Morgen's Chicago 10.

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The Spiderwick Chronicles

No matter how admirable the girl with expertise in fencing or spunky the twins played by Freddy Highmore, this movie is about bad dads.

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Neverwas

How did a first time writer/ director manage to nab even one of these big guns, let alone a whole gaggle of them? Would that Neverwas never were…

Jake Meaney
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Clean (2004)

Clean is a vividly antiseptic portrayal of pain.

Michael Buening
Film

The Beautiful Country (2004)

Here, as elsewhere, the film shows Binh's experience in lyrical, subtle, often extraordinary imagery.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Ambitiously humanitarian, the film uses Paul's plot to allude to the broader tragedy.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Blue Chips (1994)

With the occasional exception of Shaquille O'Neal, the players here act like athletes, which is to say, badly.

Dan Devine
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This So-Called Disaster (2004)

This So-Called Disaster is more impressionistic than comprehensive.

Samantha Bornemann
Film

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Faith in his own work ethic keeps Paul from acknowledging the turmoil erupting all around him.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Mulholland Falls (1996)

Mulholland Falls resembles an episode of Law & Order with funny hats.

Kevin Jagernauth
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This So-Called Disaster (2004)

The real surprise is Sam Shepard's candor when recounting for Michael Almereyda the painful details of his father's deterioration.

Michael Healey
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Afterglow (1997)

Julie Christie's ageless beauty brings more than sufficient radiance to Afterglow.

Erich Kuersten
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The Good Thief (2003)

'I wanted to create a world that doesn't quite exist, you know, a world of nighttime clubs and nighttime criminality.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Northfork (2003)

Challenges U.S. myths of enduring national identity, corporate good will, and westward-ho expansions.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

The Hulk (2003)

In Hulk, the comic books' critique of institutional authority and the way U.S. culture perceives and deals with difference is evacuated.

Todd R. Ramlow
Film

The Good Thief (2003)

Doubles all stakes of the original film, and more elaborately, of the remaking process.

Cynthia Fuchs
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