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'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' - 51st New York Film Festival

Walter Mitty doesn't sport much comedy. It doesn't plunge into a character's emotional depths. But it has an adventurous spirit. And that may be reason enough to see the movie.

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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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Milk

Milk urges optimism and action, even as it also recalls the loss of its charismatic subject.

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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: 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: 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 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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War Made Easy

The degree in which the media has colluded war efforts is shocking. Solomon offers insight, no doubt from his experience in the industry, to show how truths are manipulated.

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Into the Wild

A "follow your dreams" narrative in a package that belies the cliché that it expounds upon.

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Into the Wild

Into the Wild reveals the sense of loss that drove Chris McCandless. It also shows that it isn't only his.

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September 11

The shorts in this international, 9/11-inspired collection range from masterpieces to messes.

Josh Timmermann
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Time Encapsulating: The Best DVDs of 2006

From solid single issues to amazingly complete film and television compilations, the works highlighted here argue for DVD's continued importance.

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TAPS

TAPS suffers from its post-Vietnam jingoistic voice and a story that you simply don't want to buy into.

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All The Kings Men (2006)

As the designated observer of his friend's decline, not to mention a reporter by vocation, Jack's lack of insight or anticipation also looks a bit silly.

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When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

When the Levees Broke, elegant and anguished, encourages you to see, and more importantly, to care about and act on what you see. It is political in the most significant sense, and won't let you forget it.

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The Interpreter (2005)

Sydney Pollack's latest thriller touches on a range of topical matters, from diplomatic skirting of African genocides to U.S. intelligence agency confusions.

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The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

With remote in hand, monitor glare on his face, Sam is suitably horrified when the TV reflects his own sense of disarray.

Cynthia Fuchs
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This So-Called Disaster (2004)

This So-Called Disaster is more impressionistic than comprehensive.

Samantha Bornemann
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This So-Called Disaster (2004)

The real surprise is Sam Shepard's candor when recounting for Michael Almereyda the painful details of his father's deterioration.

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21 Grams (2003)

In 21 Grams, the fragmentation is pronounced, chaotic to the point of mathematical precision.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Mystic River (2003)

While the film doesn't elucidate Jimmy's own violent past, it is clear that he hasn't had misgivings until now.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

Even though Sean Penn brings a phenomenally hysterical freshness to Emmett Ray (and he played a similarly mustachioed maniac in Hurly Burly, without the artistic genius), Sweet and Lowdown is familiar ground for Woody Allen, replete with his usual themes.

Josh Jones

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