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Summer of Same: August 2009

With names like Tarantino, Lee, and Zombie, the final month of the season pulls out all the film geek stops. Still, the only guarantee is familiarity, not freshness.

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Bobby (2006)

As reporter Warren Wilson remembers, "That would have been less of an impact on me, had I been shot [as he nearly was], than Kennedy being killed, stopped, in a moment in America's history, when we needed him and his advocacy more than ever before."

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Wild Hogs (2007)

From the director responsible for Van Wilder, Wild Hogs is another thudding men-will-be-boys saga, this time populated by middle-agey stereotypes.

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Thank You for Smoking (2005)

Naylor doesn't need a "human" face; we love him the minute he offers us a light.

Tiffany White
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Bobby (2006)

With Kennedy serving as a symbol for what might have been, Bobby illustrates the problems he identifies.

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Edmond (2005)

An excellent noir, or a tragicomedy, about the repressed beliefs in all of us.

Brian Holcomb
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Edmond (2005)

Violence liberates Edmond from society's restraints, focuses him on fulfilling his own desires, makes him appealing to the opposite sex.

Jesse Hicks
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Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King

Adapting Stephen King's short stories, Nightmares & Dreamscapes preserves their spirit as well as their eerie plots.

Dan Carlson
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Thank You for Smoking (2005)

The ironies of Thank You for Smoking are not subtle.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Sahara (2005)

Then they get to the Dirk part, that is, their much-considered intentions for their hero, their plans to create the 'dynamic of Dirk'.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Twenty Bucks (1993)

Reflecting its long gestation period, Twenty Bucks seems ageless, its photography and art direction creating an ambiguous timestamp.

Glenn Michael McDonald
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The Wool Cap (2004)

Though Gigot harbors no real affinity for the tenants, he can't tell them when he's annoyed or out of sorts due to his being mute.

Nikki Tranter
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Sahara (2005)

No surprise, all these plots -- whether engineered by villains or heroes -- rehearse imperial fantasies at the expense of African tribespeople.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Cellular (2004)

Cellular is so corny it's even behind its own time.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Spartan (2004)

David Mamet extends his famous preoccupation with masculine preoccupations into the murky workings of the U.S. government.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Cooler (2003)

The Cooler is interested in the nature of luck, be it a product of destiny or psychology.

Jesse Hassenger
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Fargo (1996)

This is the film's genius, its simultaneous emulation and excavation of true crime's obsession with dull or spectacular minutiae, coupled with a refusal to make such details cohere into master plans and meanings.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Seabiscuit (2003)

Engaging viewers emotionally, in a way that the rest of the summer's car chases and explosions can't even imagine doing, the racing scenes create an exhilarating rhythm for Seabiscuit's story.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Focus (2001)

William H. Macy plays Larry like a length of coaxial cable in a bowtie and a cardigan.

Kevin Devine
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