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'Allied' and the Tired Fumes of Nostalgia

Despite an appealing cast, Robert Zemeckis' WWII romance relies too heavily on its influences and too little on engaging drama.

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Double Take: 'Forrest Gump' (1994)

Steve Leftridge and Steve Pick
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Director Robert Zemeckis Walks 'The Walk' As a Quixotic Filmmaker

Like a number of his other movies, The Walk ends with surprising melancholy, one that belies Zemeckis’ reputation as a pop artist.

Steven Zeitchik
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The 20 Most Anticipated Films of 2015

Over the next 12 months, we will be bombarded with all manner of proposed cinematic spectacle. Here are the 20 films we are most looking forward to.

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'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' Is Meta, Funny and Exhilarating

Director Robert Zemeckis explains that Who Framed Roger Rabbit is really "three elaborate films in one": a period live-action movie, an animated movie, and a special-effects extravaganza required to blend the two.

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Color Television: What Diversity Looks Like in America Today

The buzz word from the 2012 presidential election is "diversity". It's a good story. The look of the Obama crowd had both the structure and randomness of a Jackson Pollock painting. It was the ol' melting pot writ large.

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The Pragmatic Anarchy of the Long Take

The Long Take can at once be subtle enough to be missed by the audience and astounding enough to entrance that same audience... depending on who is paying attention.

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And Action…: The Grant Morrison Exclusive, Act 2

In a time when the novelty of DC's company-wide reboot seems to push writers in the direction of a ground-up redesign of their characters, Grant Morrison does the unexpected with the original superhero. PopMatters presents Grant Morrison, and his thoughts on Action.

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Looking Back at 'Back to the Future'

The most irreverent, knowing, daring and hippest time travel story of all time has, inevitably and fittingly, become a time capsule.

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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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Beowulf (2007)

Crawling with mermaids and monsters, irony, and gore, Beowulf delivers the goods, without betraying its core narrative.

Jarrett Berman
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Beowulf

Beowulf is the model man, outrageous and arrogant, and so admired far and wide.

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Romancing the Stone/The Jewel of the Nile (1984)

Everything in Jewel of the Nile is predictable, right down to the romantic final scenes at sunset.

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The Polar Express (2004)

It's part Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, and part Terry Gilliam's Brazil, that is, just this side of sinister.

Cynthia Fuchs

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