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Sub-Atomic Particles and Brilliant Heist Sequences: 'Ant-Man' Masters the Tiny Universe

There are strong emotional stakes and likeable characters in Peyton Reed's Ant-Man, but they are all rooted in a, well, less than epic scale. This makes Ant-Man refreshing, an MCU palate cleanser.

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The Super Bowl of Selling: The Best and Worst Ads

Did the big game deliver? What was the best moment? What was so quirky that you kept on thinking about it? And what was a complete waste of everybody’s time?

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'Our Idiot Brother' Is Not as Dumb as It Looks

"If you see people’s best intentions they’re gonna wanna live up to them."

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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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Monsters vs. Aliens

Monsters vs. Aliens is both a spoof and celebration of mid-century creature features, offering positive, if well-worn, "messages for the kids."

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I Love You, Man

I Love You, Man is a buddy flick worked out as a chick flick, complete with makeovers, bonding montages, a break-up and make-up.

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Wainy Days Are Here Again (video)

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The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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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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Role Models

Role Models invites you to celebrate "fantasy world where anything is possible", at least if you're a boy in need of approval.

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Three-Disc Unrated Collector's Edition)

A better than average romantic comedy, despite a plot with few surprises, this owes a great deal of its success to Segal and the sincerity he brings to his character.

Jessica Suarez
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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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Over Her Dead Body

Its humor is, to put it kindly, unsophisticated, and forms the backdrop to a love story that feels like being stuck on an awkward first date.

Barbara Herman
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Rachel is initially uninterested in Peter's story. It is, after all, the same story, again.

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Over Her Dead Body

The premise of Over Her Dead Body is Eva Longoria Parker, dead.

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Digital Dynamite: The 30 Best DVDs of 2007

It was the year of the behemoth box set, the multi-disc triumph that tried to give long suffering fans everything their demanding little digital hearts ever desired. Here are PopMatters' 30 picks for the best DVDs of the year.

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The Ten

A high-speed collision between Krzysztof Kieślowski's Dekalog and Woody Allen’s Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex.

Stuart Henderson
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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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Knocked Up

Taken as a straightforward comedy, Knocked Up is extremely satisfying. Taken as a more serious meditation on adulthood and priorities, though . . .

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The Ten

Despite the sight gags, recurring characters, amusing references, and genuine chuckles it elicits, The Ten is more exercise than tour de force.

Jesse Hassenger
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Diggers (2007)

Diggers is a small, flawed gem of a film.

Shaun Huston
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Reno 911!  - Miami (2007)

Rather than continue to play off their stock traits, the writers and cast of Reno 911!: Miami should have used the new locale to reveal deeper abysses of their ineptitude and richer shadings of their hypocrisies.

Michael Buening
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Knocked Up (2007)

While the Pete and Ben romance is based in their similarities, their most moving discovery is their unconditional devotion to the differences embodied by girls.

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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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Monkey Business (Part 2: June)

Apparently, as the sun's strongest rays finally settle over the movie going public, sequels are the remedy to cool down an overheated demographic. This month alone holds five examples of such redux refreshment. The rest of the choices are a variety pack of genres, ideas and possibilities.

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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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The OH in Ohio (2006)

The main problem with The OH in Ohio is that most of its hijinks seem cribbed from episodes of Sex and the City -- and we're talking Season Two.

Marisa Carroll
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Clueless: Whatever! Edition (1995)

When I first read I just thought, this is funny. This was by the lady who directed Fast Times and apparently they had the girl from the Aerosmith videos in it.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

Here, a one-note title evolves into a 3-D landscape of guffaws and awws.

Samantha Bornemann
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Runaway Daughters (1994)

It is your basic road movie, tracking three teenage girls who fake being kidnapped, steal a car, and skip town.

Steve Horowitz
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Anchorman -- The Legend of Ron Burgundy Giftset (2004)

Will Ferrell's comedy is escapism as abstract art, a breathless retreat into the frenetic headspace of a 12-year-old boy.

Dan Devine
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p.s. (2004)

Simultaneously affectionate, startled, yearning, and anxious, Laura Linney and Topher Grace make awkwardness into art.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Sputtering, Ron cites scientific fact to support his outrage: 'You're just a woman, with a small brain.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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