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It's a Different Kind of Blue in 'The Royal Tenenbaums'

The portraits of failed genius in Wes Anderson’s melancholic comedy inhabit a frozen kind of entrapping nostalgia, which somehow the film’s anarchic comedy bursts free from.

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Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.

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Bottle Rocket

The actual payoff in Bottle Rocket is all about the journey, and the somewhat refreshing resolution of lessons not necessarily learned.

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Marley & Me

Granting Marley & Me's source in John Grogan's columns, the dog's service as metaphor in the movie is both obvious and uninspired.

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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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Permanent Midnight

Essentially a collection of wild anecdotes from real-life television writer Jerry Stahl, this is designed to impress rather than express.

B. J. Carter
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Drillbit Taylor

Posing as a bodyguard and life coach for a trio of high school freshmen, Drillbit doesn't look even a little bit sincere.

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The Darjeeling Limited

At last, as in the final scene taken by a camera fixed to the exterior of a train as it clickety-clacks forward, the countryside speeding by, the rails extending into the distance, we can see that Wes Anderson is back on track.

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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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The Darjeeling Limited

Patricia (Anjelica Huston) serves multiple purposes in The Darjeeling Limited, not least being the grail her children seek.

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Night at the Museum (2006)

A digital love letter to the fine art of F/X, a celebration of promotion and publicity, and a lot of misguided arrogance.

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Night at the Museum (2006)

Worried that his dad's dreams are getting in the way of his present life, Nicky asks, "What if you're just an ordinary guy, who should get a job?"

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You, Me and Dupree (2006)

This impossible place -- most desired object and least elucidated subject -- makes Molly typical of the women in white guy romcoms.

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Cars (2006)

Thrilling in its shiny surface detail, the NASCAR scene stretches before you like an anthropomorphized vista: this is the immediate future of animation, and Pixar, recently and loudly sold to Disney, means to own it.

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Wedding Crashers (2005)

The 40 Year-Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers might have made it safe for adults to go back to big-screen comedies in 2005, but it was the latter that reminded those viewers that adulthood doesn't mean growing up -- at least in the traditional sense.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
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Wedding Crashers (2005)

Usually, a little Vaughn goes a long way, but here he serves as welcome respite from Wilson's cloying romantic lead.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: Criterion Collection (2004)

'That's what the movie's sort of about,' observes Wes Anderson, 'self-invention, and making their own art, and all those things.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Wes Anderson's film and Steve's filmed life creak a little, exposing seams and efforts to make sense of experience.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

'Actually,' Frank Coraci begins his commentary for Around the World in 80 Days, 'I never wanted to do a director's commentary.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

The absolutely scariest scene in Around the World in 80 Days features Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Who could have anticipated that Snoop would be the saving grace of a major studio buddy flick?"

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Big Bounce (2004)

There is a certain sense of achievement in a movie that actually casts the famously laidback Wilson as a surfer.

Jesse Hassenger
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Shanghai Knights (2003)

Its self-conscious use of the buddy genre's well known predilection for homoerotic/homophobic patterns is cute.

Cynthia Fuchs
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I Spy (2002)

The basic opposition between sheepish Alex and suave Kelly sets up a series of trivial conflicts, some less tedious than others.

Cynthia Fuchs

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