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The Year in TV: July 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in July 2010.

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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 Holiday (2006)

Even though the nostalgic aspects are mildly graceful, the contemporary characters' every move is still riddled with cliché and schmaltz.

Matt Mazur
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Amazing Grace (2006)

The movie's thematic insistence on seeing takes shape through slavery, a horrible moral blight even if it's off-screen in the colonies and not in London with our heroes.

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The Illusionist (2006)

This charming film occupies a place somewhere between Merchant Ivory and M. Night Shyamalan.

Jarrett Berman
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The Holiday (2006)

The Holiday pretends its happy endings are premised on the women realizing their capacities as leading ladies. Really, what they're doing is finding the "right" men.

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The Illusionist (2006)

If The Illusionist's allegory isn't subtle, it is timely: those who seem authorities are illusionists, administering by entertainments.

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Tristan & Isolde (2006)

Long-haired, nubile, and eager to please, Tristan seeks a consuming passion, but is fated to fall limp in the arms of a girl who can't make up her mind.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Legend of Zorro (2005)

This opening action is acrobatic, the explosions thrilling, and the sword-fighting is sensationally swooshy.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Extreme Ops (2002)

It's all about cash money -- its costs and its considerable rewards.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Extreme Ops (2002)

At first, the girls-gone-wild moment is just about driving the supremely inept boys batty with desire.

Cynthia Fuchs

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