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'The Big Wedding' Makes Divorce Look Good

The Big Wedding has its moments, but it's short on ideas about, say, parents and children, sibling relationships or, oh, I don't know, weddings.

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Little Women: Brilliant Book, Flawed Film

A scene shows Ryder blissfully tying up the manuscript and putting a rose under the string. That's rather like what Armstrong and the screenwriters did to the film: tied it up neatly with a pretty flower.

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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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Speed Racer

Inspired by the mostly beloved late '60s Japanese cartoon, Speed Racer is loud, large, and proudly crass.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: May 2008

In the first act of this four-part production, Tinsel Town decides to do some unbelievable front loading. Will there be room for independent offerings, or former HBO carnal comedy divas? Who knows? Without a doubt, it's an interesting way to start the season.

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Romance & Cigarettes

Turturro has filled the screen with plenty of song, dance, and sex talk, but this is not your typical love story.

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Bernard and Doris

As much as Bernard and Doris is a love story, it is also a study of the difficulties of class and sex, the ways that both complicate intimacy.

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Accepting the Blame: The Top Guilty Pleasures of 2007

PopMatters proffers its collection of 2007's most notable defective faves. And it's okay to laugh. After all, we'd probably do the same to you and your uncomfortable fixations as well.

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Enchanted

Giselle (Amy Adams) has the ideal animated life.

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In the Valley of Elah

Paul Haggis' film posits Hank as an old-school man of honor, both punished and revered for his traditional "values."

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Mr. Woodcock

You could call Mr. Woodcock the latest version of The Billy Bob Thornton Movie.

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Elizabethtown: Widescreen Special Collector's Edition (2005)

The DVD of Elizabethtown is called the Widescreen Special Collector's Edition, though there's not one thing special about it.

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Elizabethtown (2005)

Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown does not know how to end.

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Alfie (2004)

Jude Law's performance is wholly charming and energetic.

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Shall We Dance? (2004)

'The fact is,' says director Peter Chelsom, 'I was very, very wary about remaking such a perfect original.'"

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Alfie (2004)

Surrounded by urgent, provocative signposts that he just can't see, Alfie remains lost.

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Shall We Dance? (2004)

Paulina is not only gorgeous, athletic, and lithe, she's also in need of solace.

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Moonlight Mile (2002)

Fits a little too neatly with the recent popularity of media considering grief and death rituals.

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The Banger Sisters (2002)

For these few minutes, The Banger Sisters venerates imperfection and adventure.

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Igby Goes Down (2002)

Burr Steers' first feature is populated by exceptionally quirky characters, most related by blood.

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