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Anger Begets Anger: 'Three Billboards' As Southern Gothic

Watching this film in a theater in Belfast, while my fellow moviegoers cringed at the violent United States, I recognized the Gothic South.

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Chok(ing) Onscreen and In Print

Whether served up on the page or on the screen, this is an intimate assessment of a twisted mother/son relationship with plenty of sardonic humor and scathing satire.

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Part 5: Toy Story 2 to Titus (November - December 1999)

On this final day of PopMatters' 1999 overview, awards season hype gives way to pure acting prowess and definitive directorial flair.

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Choke

Palahniuk loves our disillusionment, or hates it enough to understand just exactly how it operates, and in what darkened corners of our cities and towns it is made manifest.

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The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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Iconic - The Top 20 Male Performances of 2008

Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.

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Tough and Tender - The Top 20 Female Performances of 2008

Twenty talented ladies, 20 performances worthy of multiple little gold men. Unfortunately, as in all years, someone has to come out on top. But after looking over this impressive list, picking the preeminent turn of 2008 seems almost impossible.

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Frost/Nixon

No matter Frost/Nixon's efforts to revise it, history will never be the same.

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Frost/Nixon: An Interview with a Vampire

Frank Langella seethes and pulsates with cunning as the deposed president in 'Frost/Nixon', a far cry from the grinning cowboy executive Josh Brolin presented in 'W'.

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The F Word

It so happens that Jed Weintrob's The F Word is airing on IFC this morning, the very morning that the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing FCC v. Fox Television Stations, the "fleeting expletives" case.

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Choke

If Choke isn’t the first movie where a young narrator's self-pity, obsessiveness, and desperation are blamed on his mother, it is one of the more emphatic versions.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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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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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: August 2008

Talk about a crowded schedule. There are more offerings scheduled this month than in the previous two combined.

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Snow Angels

At its center, and much like David Gordon Green's other movies, Snow Angels is about faith.

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Joshua

Fear of your own child is exploited for maximum effect in this thriller, but there's little in the way of (believable) explanations for the characters’ actions.

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A Gallery of Good Works: The Best Films of 2007

From Julian Schnabel's artsy The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the legendary Coen Brothers splendid adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, PopMatters counts down the 30 best films of 2007.

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

By turns brutal and lyrical, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford considers Wild Western mythology and masculinity, violence and madness.

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Joshua (2007)

At first, Joshua invites you almost to imagine the boy's sense of rejection and growing frustration.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

For all its possibilities -- and its crazily pleasant animations --the movie takes a more or less conventional narrative shape.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Ford Prefect (Mos Def) wanders into the film of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a little late, and in no hurry.

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Matchstick Men (2003)

The distinctive thunk-thunk-thunk of Angela's skateboard punctuates his first look at her from behind his smoke-clouded windshield.

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Charlie's Angels (2000)

'Can you imagine Drew and Cameron and Lucy fighting in this capacity? It would be so sexy! It would be so exciting!'.

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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

His redemption, Barris abruptly realizes, can come only in detailed recollection, specifically, in his decision to confess his many sins.

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Heist (2001)

[David Mamet's] language, severe and spare, actually sounds quite human comin

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