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Polite Movies? Not Interested: Karyn Kusama, Phil Hay, and Matt Manfredi on 'Destroyer'

The director and co-writers of Destroyer discuss Nicole Kidman's uncharacteristically rugged performance and how their collaboration brought forth the film's unconventional story structure.

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Gay Conversion Therapy Onscreen: Joel Edgerton On 'Boy Erased'

Actor-director Joel Edgerton details the sensitive process of making Boy Erased and how the film could act as a lifeline for families who have experienced gay conversion therapy.

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Writing as War: 'Hemingway & Gellhorn'

For Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway, their love is their writing, and their writing—much like the wars they cover—lacerates, brutalizes, and kills.

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Her Own Brand of Stardom: 'Nicole Kidman: BFI Film Stars Series'

The British film historian Pam Cook examines 20 years worth of Nicole Kidman's varied career to place this unique actress within a new context as Australia's first global star.

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'Rabbit Hole' Tackles a Heartbreaking Topic with Humor, Humanity and Grace

Strange as it seems, Rabbit Hole derives a lot of its strength from its uplift.

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Nine Is Not a 9.0, But It Tops 'Chicago'

Well-choreographed dance numbers abound. Costumes and lighting take center stage. Audiences even get the giddy entertainment of watching movie stars prove themselves as fine to passable singers.

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Portrait of the Artist...and Their Family

I’d rather hear superstars admit to egos gone wild than insist they uphold “family first” values if family first is not a reality for them.

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Part 2: The Virgin Suicides to The Blair Witch Project (May - August 1999)

In Part Two of our look at the most memorable films of 1999, we experience music, foul-mouthed mayhem, and a late, great auteur's final cinematic statement.

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Australia

As far as films go, this one's rather like a fleeting romance that wants to be a torrid affair.

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Woolf at the Door

Both Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Michael Cunningham's The Hours offer an illuminating look at the choices we make, the roles we play, and the hours that hinge our lives together.

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OMG - The 20 Worst Films of 2008

There's bad, and then there's 2008 level bad. You know this list is looking down into a deep dark bottomless pit of cinematic despair when Mike Myers' shameful Love Guru didn't even make the Top 20!

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Australia

Australia is both an epic and a post-epic epic: it understands what's at stake in such spectacle-making and wants to show you that it knows.

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Lagerfeld Confidential

A brilliant if prickly documentary subject who balances the yin of marketing pragmatism with the yang of fashion fantasy.

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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: November 2008

Like the sainted sigh of relief that comes after another shriek-filled All Hallow's Eve, November usually means the start of the 'nominate me' process for the proposed prestige pictures of 2008.

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The Golden Compass

Scruffy and unpolished in the open casting call, Dakota Blue Richards shines in her role as the gutsy heroine.

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Margot at the Wedding

Vivid impressions that make us look closely into Baumbach's fascinating, semi-miserable world.

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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 - Female

From the most sweetly nuanced performance of Jennifer Jason Leigh's career to Cate Blanchett's revelatory portrayal of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There, the women of 2007 were stellar.

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The Golden Compass

Too bland and disjointed to match up with either set up expectations, The Golden Compass is too familiar to be beguiling, too interested in appeasing masses and selling the Corgi toy line.

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Margot at the Wedding

The brisk 92-minute film explores the intensity of the women’s relationship, and how they are inherently tied to one another, whether they like it or not.

Matt Mazur
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Margot at the Wedding

Margot at the Wedding doesn’t resolve as much as it devolves into a series of arguments and dire revelations.

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The Invasion

With 2007’s oft-delayed The Invasion, there is simply no more symbolic juice left.

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The Invasion (2007)

Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (who made the impressive Downfall), the film goes from sharp paranoid thriller to noisy action flick.

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Kids' DVDs: June 2007

Given that babies and young children love nothing more than repetition, repetition, and... um.... repetition, I can't understand why even the pointiest of heads would think children between the ages of six months and three years could possible need 23 different Baby Einstein DVDs.

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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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God Grew Tired of Us (2007)

Not quite intimate, the film can only hint at its subjects' depths of pain and strength, observing as they grapple with the perversities of life in the States.

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Happy Feet (2006)

The penguins learn to refine their engrained vocal skills not in the interest of spiritual uplift or any such, but, basically, to get laid.

Mike Ward
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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

In making Arbus' biography understandable, if "imaginary," the film also makes her work -- so thrillingly strange -- a bit too familiar.

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Bewitched (2005)

As Jack goes overboard in usual Ferrellian fashion, Isabel's insistence that he is the perfect mate for her go-normal plan never makes sense.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Bewitched (2005)

Like most movies starring Will Ferrell and all movies based on TV series, this one tries too hard.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Interpreter (2005)

Sydney Pollack's latest thriller touches on a range of topical matters, from diplomatic skirting of African genocides to U.S. intelligence agency confusions.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Chanel No. 5 The Film: Le Film du Film

Luhrmann has his finger on the postmodern impulse to recombine ideas specific to advertising, film, and art.

Daniel Mudie Cunningham
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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.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Birth (2004)

Catching her breath as if she's been hit, Mrs. Conte's (Cara Seymour) visceral reaction, amid the film's overwhelmingly somber, ethereal weirdness, is finally believable.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Cold Mountain: Collector's Edition (2003)

Anthony Minghella's image of the birds in snow articulates Cold Mountain's aesthetic and themes, its interest in collision and reverie, in nostalgia and resistance.

Cynthia Fuchs
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