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'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Is a Perfect Date Movie

Spider-Man: Far From Home is arguably the cutest, funniest, most entertaining comic book superhero movie of the year.

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Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers' Blasts Away All Other Comic Book Films

By perfecting the comic book superhero formula and creating the first big-budget shared universe with The Avengers in 2012, Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios came to define this decade of blockbuster filmmaking.

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M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass' Doesn't Recognize Its Own Strength

James McAvoy's impressive acting and fleeting moments of powerful imagery dazzle in M. Night Shyamalan's Glass, but that can't make up for the film's shattered second half.

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'Captain America: The First Avenger' Stands Out in a Glut of Comic Book Films

Marvel Studios recognized that by mining other genres through the superhero lens, it could continue to keep comic book films fresh and entertaining to audiences and sidestep the constant predictions of imminent superhero fatigue.

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'I Am Not Your Negro', in Wide Release Today, Is Endlessly Relevant and Particularly Urgent

As this documentary presents James Baldwin's resistance, we might now take heart in it and also borrow from it.

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The Fable-like 'Big Game' Is a Step Up From the Usual B-movie Fare

Once and awhile, it’s nice to have a movie stick around for exactly the right amount of time.

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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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Quentin Tarantino's Cinematic Reality

Quentin Tarantino is reliving his childhood cinema experiences, reinterpreting fractured moments of memory. Going to the movies is about an escape from our world, a mirror world at once familiar yet different.

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Coming to America

From big hair to shoulder pads, power suits to Jeri-Curl, and an omnipresent and delightfully horrific synthed-out soundtrack, this flick has a hungover Sunday on the couch written all over it.

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Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai would be a little too self-serious if it wasn't for Ninja-Ninja, a white-haired, impish character that can best be described as Samuel L. Jackson playing Samuel L. Jackson.

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Lakeview Terrace

The movie doesn't stay fixed on its well-drawn sociological cul-de-sac; the score becomes ominous.

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A Spirited Friendship

Given the respective careers of Will Eisner and Frank Miller, the root of their friendship becomes apparent. For both, the comics medium takes precedence above all else.

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Will Eisner’s Dual Identity: The Spirit of an Artist

A biography of Will Eisner, perhaps the greatest cartoonist in the history of American comics. Eisner used The Spirit as his vessel for unexplored creativity with story elements not commonly found in comics.

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The Spirit

The Spirit (Gabriel Macht) lives in a dark, superficial, and exceedingly familiar place.

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Soul Men

While it's surely moving to see the closing credits tribute to the much-missed Bernie Mac, the route to that end is slow going.

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Lakeview Terrace

Lisa (Kerry Washington) is Lakeview Terrace's most dislocated figure, caught between an overbearing father and a frenzied husband.

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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: November 2008

Like the sainted sigh of relief that comes after another shriek-filled All Hallow's Eve, November usually means the start of the 'nominate me' process for the proposed prestige pictures of 2008.

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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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Star Wars: The Clone Wars

In Clone Wars, one battle seems exactly like the last (and the next): the 'droids shoot like amateurs and the Republican troops always prevail, whatever the odds.

Lesley Smith
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The Red Violin: Meridian Collection

The violin is symbolic of our investment of objects with meanings and desires beyond their immediate uses, and it continues to entrance and engage even after the film's final shot.

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Truth in Humor

The second season of The Boondocks tackles issues that are important to the hip-hop community with contributions from numerous hip-hop artists. Boondocks Response Syndrome explains why we react to this series the way we do.

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Jumper

Brashness and arrogance, and absolutely none of the consequences of either.

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Cleaner

Director Harlin's cinematic GPA constantly dips over and under the line between B-movie bliss and C-movie oblivion.

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Resurrecting the Champ

An interesting tale about the intent of lying and the strengths of good old-fashioned work.

Marc Calderaro
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Jumper

The Chechnyan backdrop reminds you yet again of the utter inconsequence of Jumper.

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Resurrecting the Champ

Maybe Erik just is so dim that he doesn't understand what's at stake in his storytelling, the way it reflects and repeats a history of storytelling.

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1408

Abjuring the "spook-house bullshit" -- which he believes he knows inside and out, being a purveyor himself, Mike thinks he's seen it all.

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Part 5: The Return of the Auteur

That noise you heard near the start of the new millennium was the creative din of a brash new breed of filmmakers tearing down the traditions of mainstream moviemaking. Their motion picture mission statements -- including the ones featured on this list -- remain the rulebook for new generations of anxious film artists.

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Monkey Business (Part 3: July)

Finally, a month with only one remaining series contender. All wizard based Potter-y aside, this will be the most tenuous time for the business called show. After a strong start, the eccentric collection of entertainments here could make or break this potentially record shattering motion picture season.

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Black Snake Moan (2007)

Samuel L. Jackson's new Southern-fried movie is all about the blues.

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The PopMatters 'Short Ends & Leader' Spring Film Preview

In order to separate the worthy from the worthless, PopMatters' "Short Ends & Leader" editor is highlighting 10 new films he's looking forward to this spring.

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Snakes on a Plane (2006)

On the spectrum of good low brow entertainment and bad low brow entertainment, this leans more toward the good of the bad.

Tiffany White
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Home of the Brave (2006)

You pretty much know what's about to happen in Irwin Winkler's utterly sincere and poorly executed look at veterans' troubles readjusting to the World.

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