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'War Horse': Will the Cinematic Epic Suffer the Same Fate as the Venerable War Horse?

Steven Spielberg’s War Horse celebrates the story of Joey, a miraculous horse who brings out the humanity in those he meets. The director also exalts the art of old-fashioned filmmaking and helps audiences understand the complexity of making an epic.

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The Last Legion

The leaps of faith in The Last Legion are many, but once you've made one or two, Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai seems as likely a super-lethal fighter as Mr. Darcy.

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Future Shock: The Death of Serious Science Fiction

The serious Science Fiction film genre is dead or at least on cinematic life support. As the new millennial marches forward, and an omnipresent production paradigm that substitutes spectacle for smarts, futurist filmmaking is definitely gasping for breath.

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Children of Men (2007)

Even with so much attention paid to her body and to her child, Kee's story is secondary to Theo's, as his loss of hope must be undone and his past redressed.

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On a Clear Day (2006)

Frank's quest shapes a kind of secret fraternity for the men around him. They revel in his determination to do what seems impossible to them.

Jesse Hicks
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Young Adam (2003)

'Joe's abandonment is like a political act and a political philosophy, he's a libertine and a libertarian,' says Tilda Swinton.

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Young Adam (2003)

Joe's trajectory through post-war Glasgow and Edinburgh takes on a sort of dread inevitability.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

Peter Mullan's film both amplifies and flattens these stories, so they are at once sensational and too intimate.

Cynthia Fuchs
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