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Inane Political Discourse, or, Alan Partridge's Parody Politics

That the political class now finds itself relegated to accidental Alan Partridge territory along the with rest of the twits and twats that comprise English popular culture is meaningful, to say the least.

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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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Tropic Thunder: Unrated Director's Cut

A fun, occasionally brilliant satire of these Hollywood tropes that actually retains its comic punch after multiple viewings.

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Are We Not Funny? Laugh, Damn You!

The problem with the (inexplicably popular) Tropic Thunder may be that Ben Stiller is just not a funny filmmaker. Not even remotely.

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Hamlet 2

Dana's inability to parse the difference between acting and living is put to several tests in Hamlet 2, which is not only the name of his movie but also the title of the audacious play he writes for his students to perform.

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Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder tells you that race and masculinity and class identity issues make men in this business mean and juvenile. And then it tells you again.

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Finding Amanda

Too much of Peter Tolan's movie takes up Taylor's self-absorption as if it's actually interesting.

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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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Digital Dynamite: The 30 Best DVDs of 2007

It was the year of the behemoth box set, the multi-disc triumph that tried to give long suffering fans everything their demanding little digital hearts ever desired. Here are PopMatters' 30 picks for the best DVDs of the year.

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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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Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Male

From the tender and eerie precision of Sam Riley's depiction of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in Control to yet another superlative performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, PopMatters highlights the best male actors of 2007.

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Night at the Museum (2006)

A digital love letter to the fine art of F/X, a celebration of promotion and publicity, and a lot of misguided arrogance.

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Hot Fuzz (2007)

Hot Fuzz is all about the guys. And who needs girls when you have guns?

Daynah Burnett
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Marie Antoinette (2006)

Marie Antoinette's veneer is so impregnably varnished, so buffed to such an imposing sheen, that any attempt at critical ingress either bounces off of or slides down its glossy façade.

Jake Meaney
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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.

Bill Gibron
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Night at the Museum (2006)

Worried that his dad's dreams are getting in the way of his present life, Nicky asks, "What if you're just an ordinary guy, who should get a job?"

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Marie Antoinette (2006)

A girl made queen by the peculiar forces of 18th-century statecraft, Marie is by turns amused, alarmed, and pissed off, mercurial and imperious as only a teenager can be.

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Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2006)

The film controverts various theories of writing and reading, production and reception.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Happy Endings (2005)

Happy Endings begins with what seems quite an unhappy ending, when Mamie (Lisa Kudrow) is hit by a car.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

'Actually,' Frank Coraci begins his commentary for Around the World in 80 Days, 'I never wanted to do a director's commentary.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Coffee and Cigarettes (2004)

Coffee and Cigarettes is a return, of sorts, for Jim Jarmusch.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

The absolutely scariest scene in Around the World in 80 Days features Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Coffee and Cigarettes (2004)

Coffee and Cigarettes is a return, of sorts, for Jim Jarmusch.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Coffee and Cigarettes (2004)

On its own terms, Coffee and Cigarettes is an effective addiction movie, self-indulgent but also familiar and low-key.

Jesse Hassenger
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Ella Enchanted (2004)

It is an updated fairy tale that, for all its charms, can't quite break out of its old-time constraints.

Cynthia Fuchs
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24 Hour Party People (2001)

Tony Wilson lived for the explosive moment.

Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece
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