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Duplicity

For all its bright banter and flashbacky fanciness, Duplicity boils down to this rudimentary formula: morality and success are functions of beauty.

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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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John Adams (HBO Miniseries)

Avoiding the powdered-wig iconography of the founding fathers, this film broadens the view of these revolutionary leaders and their tumultuous times.

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Recount

Recount doesn't quite argue that the system remains infinitely gameable for those who know it, those in power who wish to remain in power.

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Cassandra's Dream

The first few minutes of Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream are not bad.

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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 - Female

From the most sweetly nuanced performance of Jennifer Jason Leigh's career to Cate Blanchett's revelatory portrayal of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There, the women of 2007 were stellar.

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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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Michael Clayton

The film's strength lies in its poetic inclinations, its meditation on the ways that money, politics, and fear shape moral choices.

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Dedication

It's Henry's movie, and for all his eccentricities and fixations and rages, he's a very conventional man.

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The Last Kiss (2006)

This is not a revised look at new-young-adult ideals: it's an age-old crock.

Nikki Tranter
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The Last Kiss (2006)

At last, a movie about men who can't commit and women who must.

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Separate Lies (2005)

Minute for minute, the film has more angst, betrayal, and guilt than most daytime soaps muster in a year.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

Even if Exorcism doesn't provide outright answers, its 'lessons' -- whether understood as secular or institutional -- seem clear enough.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Wetherby (1985)

Crippled by their past and unable to function in the present, these characters represent what David Hare calls 'the part-emotional landscape that is England.'"

Kevin Jagernauth
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

At once abstract and heartfelt, sincere and weirdly charming, the film unhinges conventions of linear narrative along with romantic comedy.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Nothing drains the life from great art like a well-intentioned attempt to explain away its mysteries.

Michael Healey
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The Gathering Storm

The point in 'The Gathering Storm' is that Churchill is 'human', that he has faults.

Tracy McLoone
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