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All Things Seen and Unsaid in Scorsese's 'The Age of Innocence'

Scorsese's outlier drama of manners has aged well... mostly.

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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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A Shortage of Villainy

While director Abrams' handling of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman's propulsive screenplay is sleek and spiffy, to say the least, it ultimately hews far closer to his television work than might have been wise for a big-screen reboot.

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Summer of Same: May 2009

May's titles include the fourth films in two aging franchises, more Pixar perfection, and the reboot of a TV series from 40 years ago. And they say there are no new ideas.

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Part 5: Toy Story 2 to Titus (November - December 1999)

On this final day of PopMatters' 1999 overview, awards season hype gives way to pure acting prowess and definitive directorial flair.

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Heathers & Sex and Death 101

In a few devastating gestures, Heathers makes Sex and Death 101 look like a wannabe -- a script in search of a director and a star to complete the clique.

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The Ten

A high-speed collision between Krzysztof Kieślowski's Dekalog and Woody Allen’s Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex.

Stuart Henderson
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Night on Earth

Night on Earth consists of a pleasingly varied collection of tales yet each is infused with the director’s own brand of subtle affection, offbeat musings and wit.

Emma Simmonds
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Bram Stokers Dracula

Coppola's take on Bram Stoker's masterpiece is a visual stunning feast worth revisiting in a Collector's Edition that is more than just a time capsule.

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The Ten

Despite the sight gags, recurring characters, amusing references, and genuine chuckles it elicits, The Ten is more exercise than tour de force.

Jesse Hassenger
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The Pay Off: The Best Film of 2006

For many of the movies on PopMatters' 2006 list of the year's best films, it is clear that a heavy personal and professional stake was riding on the final product.

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A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Simultaneously strange and familiar, not himself, Bob lives inside an ooky, unsolvable world that mirrors our own ongoing fears, of surveillance, loss, and forgetting.

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A Scanner Darkly (2006)

The suits make for images so fascinating they feel nearly "addictive," appropriate given that the film is about (among other things), viewing, reality, and addiction.

Chris Barsanti
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Mr. Deeds (2002)

It's all a saggy, inept mess. And it really makes you long for Michael Keaton and 'The Banana Boat Song'.

Cynthia Fuchs

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