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Sundance 2018: ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ + ‘Leave No Trace’

Directors Granik and Morano explore the tenuous bonds that connect us to society and the repercussions of tearing them apart.

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John Adams (HBO Miniseries)

Avoiding the powdered-wig iconography of the founding fathers, this film broadens the view of these revolutionary leaders and their tumultuous times.

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Accepting the Blame: The Top Guilty Pleasures of 2007

PopMatters proffers its collection of 2007's most notable defective faves. And it's okay to laugh. After all, we'd probably do the same to you and your uncomfortable fixations as well.

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Fred Claus

What is Ludacris doing in this movie?

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Shoot Em Up

By the time Shoot 'Em Up is done with all the "phallic mumbo jumbo," it doesn't seem to be saying much that's new.

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The Nanny Diaries

The Nanny Diaries' focus on beleaguered women doesn't lead to any sense of "freedom."

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The Illusionist (2006)

This charming film occupies a place somewhere between Merchant Ivory and M. Night Shyamalan.

Jarrett Berman
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The Illusionist (2006)

If The Illusionist's allegory isn't subtle, it is timely: those who seem authorities are illusionists, administering by entertainments.

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Lady in the Water (2006)

Story's whiter-than-white skin, bloody cuts, color-shifting hair, and need to keep wet make her a bizarre amalgamation of fantasies, alternately "male" and "childish."

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Cinderella Man

Whether sad, frustrated, or even thinking about losing his temper, Jim is never less than stalwart.

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Sideways (2004)

Amid the road-tripping and the boy bonding, it is Maya who resonates at last.

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Sideways (2004)

On the DVD, the actors gamely compete with self- mocking descriptions of themselves and each other.

Jesse Hassenger
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Robots (2005)

Valiant and righteous, the old-fashioned robots fight back against the slick, wealthy, huge machine.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Sideways (2004)

Always a resourceful, thoughtful performer, Virginia Madsen almost offsets Sideways' overriding, occasionally prosaic interest in the boys' journey.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Paycheck (2003)

'A true hero,' says John Woo on the commentary track for the Paycheck DVD, 'always reaches out a helping hand to others.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Paycheck (2003)

Michael (Ben Affleck) doesn't set out to control anything: he just wants to get paid.

Cynthia Fuchs
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American Splendor (2003)

Is there a finer actor on the planet than Hope Davis?"

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Confidence (2003)

They meet at King's club, where he's auditioning strippers: Dustin Hoffman, big pimping.

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The Pentagon Papers

Repeatedly underlines, at times subtly and others more plainly, the responsibility of living in a democracy.

Cynthia Fuchs
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