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A Glimmer of Salvation Is Found in 'Last Vegas'

This does best during its nicely understated climax, where the glimmers of the characters' fears -- of aging, of becoming irrelevant -- are most visible and closest to poignant, if only briefly.

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'Jackie Brown': Is a Love Story, a Heist Film, an Offbeat Crime Story Set to a Great Soundtrack

The intriguing combination of Elmore Leonard's voice with Tarantino's unique dialogue leads to his best film.

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Stratospheric Climbing in 'Limitless'

In Alan Glynn's suspenseful novel, men and women toy with the possibility of chemically enhancing a person's brain power -- and chaos ensues.

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Righteous Kill

This movie boasts a tired and generic script and achieves a weird sort of harmonic convergence of forgetablilty.

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What Just Happened

Less an expose than a recap of what even casual observers of the industry know or intuit, What Just Happened relies on clichés even as it deplores them.

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Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 2

Day Two - A demanding Decalogue overflowing with everything: from fascinating international fare, misbegotten masterworks, some out of the blue bafflers, and that seminal show about “nothing”.

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'Righteous Kill': Attacked on All Sides

Righteous Kill uses Karen (Carla Gugino) both to critique the male cops' sense of self-righteousness and be the victim.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: October 2008

What studio suit thought this was a good idea? With four months to schedule your high priced efforts, you instead unload almost 30 overpriced pictures on an unsuspecting movie audience.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.

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New York, New York

Scorsese films Liza Minelli like a '40s musical screen goddess, and she repays him with one of her most relaxed, assured acting performances.

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Taxi Driver: Collectors Edition

The extras driving this Collector's Edition of Taxi Driver.

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Stardust

What Stardust wields in star power, it lacks in original, or even interesting, storytelling.

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Part 4: Challenging Convention

As cinema went completely commercial, abandoning art for artifice, true aesthetic acumen was hard to come by. Luckily, for the movies included herein, it was their difference, as well as their diversity, that helped them stand out from the rest of the high concept hackwork.

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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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The Good Shepherd (2006)

For Edward, the CIA forms a circular logic: members define the mission and vice versa.

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The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Francis Ford Coppola's focus on his family, in the film and his memory, could not be more poignant or more public.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Hide and Seek (2005)

Dakota Fanning seems alternately to be channeling Beetlejuice-era Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci's Wednesday Addams.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Untouchables: Special Collector's Edition (1987)

It's a story of a (nearly lone) lawman standing up against the bad guys, replete with a High Noon type showdown.

Leigh H. Edwards
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Shark Tale (2004)

Oscar aspires to fame, wealth, and dates with beautiful women-fish.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Godsend (2004)

Jessie is slow to react to all this weirdness, feeling understandably protective of her child and unfathomable trust in Richard.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Analyze That (2002)

To endure Analyze That requires not just suspension of disbelief, but suspension of neurological activity as well.

Elbert Ventura
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City by the Sea (2002)

All these horrors in one family might easily lead to questions concerning genetics and proclivity, codes of masculinity and violence.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Showtime (2002)

The trouble with 'Showtime' is that it never lets up on its self-congratulatory wink-winking.

Cynthia Fuchs
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