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Exclusive Look Behind the Scenes of 'The Homesman' (video) (Premiere)

Actresses Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings) and Grace Gummer (The Newsroom) talk about their experience working on Tommy Lee Jones' western, The Homesman.

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Natural Born Killers: The Director's Cut

Stone's pedigree secure, the Hollywood maverick turned on the system itself; tarring sensationalism, public bloodlust, and judicial entropy, seemingly with the same brush.

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POV: The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández

Much like the corrido that opens it, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández means to remember Esequiel and the circumstances of his murder.

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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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No Country for Old Men

The desolate landscape and moral layout evoke old Westerns, but the film, based on Cormac McCarthy's novel, also reconsiders the genre's conventions, comparing now and "the old times."

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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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Part 4: Challenging Convention

As cinema went completely commercial, abandoning art for artifice, true aesthetic acumen was hard to come by. Luckily, for the movies included herein, it was their difference, as well as their diversity, that helped them stand out from the rest of the high concept hackwork.

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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

That a down home jamboree could be interesting to heavy-metal loving middle school students speaks to its wide.

Michael Buening
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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

A Prairie Home Companion combines typical Altman strategies, like overlapping dialogue and converging multiple storylines, as well as his fanatical appreciation for the process of creating art.

Matt Mazur
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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

You might call A Prairie Home Companion an unlikely Lindsay Lohan movie. You could also call it the best work she's done, the best work she's likely to do, or the best chance she's had to do good work.

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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

'If you read the script,' Tommy Lee Jones tells his two actors, 'really, it doesn't look like anyone is saying anything that actually matters.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

The American West, in the new Tommy Lee Jones-directed film, resembles that memorialized in movies by John Ford, John Huston, and Sam Peckinpah.

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The Big Town (1987)

In Cullen's rise to the top, he summarily steps on everyone who tries to help him or slow him down.

Kevin Jagernauth
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The Missing

At the first moment you see Maggie (Cate Blanchett) on screen in Ron Howard's The Missing, you know this is one of those Cate Blanchett tough-girl projects.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Missing

Maggie's toughness is surely enhanced by Blanchett's fabulous cheekbones and icy eyes.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Hunted (2003)

'For me,' declares Friedkin, just hearing the Dylan lyric spoken by Johnny Cash is worth making a film for.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Hunted (2003)

Benicio Del Toro looks appropriately haunted in The Hunted.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Men In Black II (2002)

What the sequel does make abundantly clear is that the apparently accidental harmonies of the first can -- indeed must -- be turned into calculation.

Cynthia Fuchs
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