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Angels & Demons

A Harvard professor is an unlikely candidate for the hero of a summer blockbuster, and Angels & Demons demonstrates exactly why. The film is filled with talk, talk, talk.

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Katrin Cartlidge: The Working Actress

Cartlidge’s lady of the night is part Shakespearean tragedienne, part deliciously vague Hitchcockian mannequin in distress; the archetype is shattered.

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Katrin Cartlidge: The Working Actress

Whether it was through silence, grotesquerie, fury or intelligence (or, at times, lack of intelligence), Cartlidge was not afraid to upturn the dark corners of the women she portrayed.

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Mamma Mia!

Meryl Streep scampers and writhes with something like abandon in her tomboyish overalls, her glowing tan and perfectly arranged "wild" blond hair indicating Donna's stanch independence.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: July 2008

And it just doesn't stop. If part two in this three-ring play was packed with well hyped product, July just keeps the receipt treats coming.

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Goya's Ghosts (Los Fantasmas de Goya) (2006)

If Miloš Forman's movie doesn't take up his distinctive visual style, it does embrace his broad satire, ferociously targeting religious, state, and financial leaders.

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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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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

Demented and punctuated by Depp's scowls and "oofs," Jack Sparrow's stunty bits are mostly amusing and sometimes even surprising.

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King Arthur: Extended Unrated Director's Cut (2004)

'The idea of these young boys being taken away from home at a young age... reminded me a lot of my own culture,' says director Antoine Fuqua.

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Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

Father Merrin, action hero. Who could have imagined it?"

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King Arthur (2004)

This generically gritty and solidly PG-13 King Arthur isn't even much of an action picture.

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Dogville (2003)

The accusation that the film is 'anti-American' says less about Von Trier than it does about the American psyche.

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City of Ghosts (2002)

A strangely moralistic romance, premised on his relationship with the setting, Cambodia.

Cynthia Fuchs
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