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Lies, Wine, Sex, Death, and Politics in 'The Party'

Sally Potter's jolly, short little stab of a chamber piece black comedy isn't as smart of a political commentary as it wants to be, but it's great fun nonetheless.

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Summer of Same: June 2009

This month's "original" fare offers a take on a Sid and Marty Krofft classic, more battling seizure robots, and the retaking of '70s subway thriller. Everything old is new again.

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Elegy

Coixet’s examination of age and the natural process of dying are refracted through a spectrum of cultures, ages, experiences and fears that are atypical of contemporary American films.

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Married Life

Moving slowly and accompanied by a hushed Pierce Brosnan narration, the movie is buttoned-up to a fault, never closer than tongue-near-cheek.

Jesse Hassenger
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Married Life

Richard's narration is exceptionally insidious, which makes Married Life at once fascinating and routine.

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Lars and the Real Girl

This is the reductive conceit of Lars and the Real Girl, Lars' representative incongruity: he's so unlike everyone else that he becomes their cause and sign of sanity.

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No Reservations (2007)

That No Reservations can't imagine an alternative life for Kate makes all the energetic food-loving seem a little sad -- more sublimation than revelation.

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Monkey Business (Part 3: July)

Finally, a month with only one remaining series contender. All wizard based Potter-y aside, this will be the most tenuous time for the business called show. After a strong start, the eccentric collection of entertainments here could make or break this potentially record shattering motion picture season.

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All The Kings Men (2006)

As the designated observer of his friend's decline, not to mention a reporter by vocation, Jack's lack of insight or anticipation also looks a bit silly.

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Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

Lamenting the loss of 'people who are uncompromising,' Clooney says, 'For us, this movie is a success if some kid in Austin, Texas sees it, who is studying journalism, and says, 'That's the guy I want to be like.' Then we win.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

Shot in exquisite black and white, George Clooney's portrait of Edward R. Murrow is partly reverential, partly probing.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Murder One: Season One

Mesmerizingly played by Daniel Benzali, Ted respects the law but understands that the courthouse is just one of its venues.

Samantha Bornemann
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High Art (1998)

Where other lesbian-themed films might ride the sweat-stained cliché for all it's worth, Cholodenko instead shows restraint in High Art.

Daniel Mudie Cunningham
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Dogville (2003)

The accusation that the film is 'anti-American' says less about Von Trier than it does about the American psyche.

Todd R. Ramlow
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Miracle (2004)

Disney's Miracle is an unabashed celebration of the connections among sports, national pride, and the wonder of whiteguyness.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Pieces of April (2003)

And April sits in the window frame, hair damp, contemplating the disaster she expects her day to become.

Cynthia Fuchs
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All the Real Girls (2002)

'David and I are not smart enough to come up with a character that's as complex as Zooey is.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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All the Real Girls (2002)

Paul has the sort of confidence that afflicts good-looking boys used to getting what he wants.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Safety of Objects (2003)

For Esther (Glenn Close), Paul's coma makes him safe to love: he'll never leave her, never get in trouble worse than what he's in now.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Far From Heaven (2002)

For Haynes, much of this surface is simultaneously supple and precise, 'girly-swirly,' as he terms it.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Far From Heaven (2002)

Just beneath this conservative façade lies a complicated and progressive commentary on the present that Todd Haynes leaves to the viewer to interpret.

Lucas Hilderbrand
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