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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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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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The Princess Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition

This itself modern through that little smidgen of precocious reflexivity, and a healthy does of kitsch.

Rebecca Chang
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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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Breaking and Entering (2006)

While Breaking and Entering leans heavily on its metaphors (see especially, the titular allusions), it doesn't make any of its roiling notions compelling.

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Virgin (2003)

Jessie's belief that she might be special, chosen for this important role, changes her.

Kristen Kidder
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A Home at the End of the World (2004)

Unfortunately, Bobby's (Colin Farrell) vagueness tends to be more tiresome than inspiring.

Cynthia Fuchs
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White Oleander (2002)

Seems stuck in first gear, grinding through a series of very "safe" clichés.

Cynthia Fuchs
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