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'Green Book' Delivers Its Message About Racism with a Spoon Full of Sugar

Peter Farrelly's first foray into drama, Green Book, is simplistic in its message for examining racism, but maybe that simplicity serves as the sugar coating the pill that many current Americans need to swallow.

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The Hunter and The Hunted: Keira Knightley Explores Duality in 'A Dangerous Method'

A Dangerous Method's Best Actress hopeful Keira Knightley speaks with PopMatters about playing the unsung feminist heroine of psychoanalysis, Sabina Spielrein, for David Cronenberg.

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Revelations and Resurrections: David Cronenberg on 'A Dangerous Method'

On the second day of our five-part interview series on A Dangerous Method, we talk with director David Cronenberg about Freud and Jung as heroes, the horrors of World War One and the reality of hysteria, among many other interesting things.

Christopher Sweetapple
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The Deliberate Method of Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud in 'A Dangerous Method'

Today PopMatters begins a five-part countdown until the November 23 release of David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Today Stuart Henderson recounts his meeting with Oscar-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen.

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Hitting 'The Road' with Director John Hillcoat

Director John Hillcoat talks to PopMatters about the hazards of being intimidated by legends, the funny side of cannibalism and Viggo Mortensen's sweet tooth as his adaptation of the seminal apocalyptic novel The Road hits theaters.

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Slacker Uprising

With substandard picture quality and a lack of true eye-opening material, this will be regarded as a minor work in an otherwise impressive film canon.

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Appaloosa

Men are weathered in Appaloosa, a one-saloon town in 1882's New Mexico Territory.

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The Films of Lech Majewski

These are the really artsy films that anyone who has ever wanted to parody experimental cinema has been waiting for.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: November 2008

Like the sainted sigh of relief that comes after another shriek-filled All Hallow's Eve, November usually means the start of the 'nominate me' process for the proposed prestige pictures of 2008.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.

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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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Eastern Promises

Eastern Promises crosses up and recombines stories of parents and children, even violence and history.

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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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A History of Violence (2005)

This slippage between myth and realism, or maybe expectation and consummation, is precisely the genius of A History of Violence.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Witness: Special Collector's Edition (1985)

Bemused at times, Detective John Book is nonetheless captivated by the Amish community's simplicity, its decency, and its ability to thrive despite its antiquities.

Nikki Tranter
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Hidalgo (2004)

'Being out in the middle of the Arabian desert,' says Mortensen, 'you could easily imagine what it must have been like.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Hidalgo (2004)

Hidalgo is the story of this horse and his man.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

No in-betweeners in this reductive view of the world: characters and choices are good or evil.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

It's useful to remember that, offscreen, both good and bad tend to be tricksy.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

What is potentially most urgent about 'The Fellowship of the Ring' is how it reflects the tenor of our time.

Todd R. Ramlow
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