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'Our Idiot Brother' Is Not as Dumb as It Looks

"If you see people’s best intentions they’re gonna wanna live up to them."

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Alice

We get a lot of characterization in a short time, including Alice’s abandonment issues and the tough-as-nails karate persona she uses to battle bad guys throughout the film.

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A Little Human Magic in Recent DVDs

Either by coincidence or because I just happened to watch these all on a cold day when I needed a little warmth, the magic of the human condition emerged as a trend in these new DVD releases.

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(500) Days of Summer -- The Music

Director Marc Webb's deft, nuanced use of pop music does more than just enhance an already great film.

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Summer of Same: July 2009

In a rare attempt at novelty, July jets along with only Harry Potter and the Ice Age crew sampling continuing series spoils. The rest provide unknown pleasures.

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By One's Own Hand, Then

On the one hand society at large relies on moral and theological arguments to ban suicide; on the other our world is plagued with destructive wars and suicidal conflicts.

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Yes Man

Carl (Jim Carrey) meets the incredible Allison (Zooey Deschanel), a girl so completely charming and dazzlingly unpredictable that he is instantly convinced of the rightness of yes.

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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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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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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

By turns brutal and lyrical, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford considers Wild Western mythology and masculinity, violence and madness.

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Abandon (2002)

This is one of the best horror films in some time; not sacrificing itself to irony or parody but committed to the dark corners of human nature and the complex labyrinths that exist in the mind.

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Surfs Up (2007)

Surf's Up offers nuanced and energetic penguins, as well as top-notch CGI.

Daynah Burnett
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Monkey Business (Part 2: June)

Apparently, as the sun's strongest rays finally settle over the movie going public, sequels are the remedy to cool down an overheated demographic. This month alone holds five examples of such redux refreshment. The rest of the choices are a variety pack of genres, ideas and possibilities.

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Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

Where other "kids' films" might instruct or condescend, Bridge to Terabithia treats children like what they will eventually become: grown-ups.

Daynah Burnett
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

For all its possibilities -- and its crazily pleasant animations --the movie takes a more or less conventional narrative shape.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Ford Prefect (Mos Def) wanders into the film of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a little late, and in no hurry.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Manic (2001)

As Lyle first enters the ward, the film takes on a yellow cast, blurry and skittery under an Aphex Twin track.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Elf (2003)

Crass and cunning: 'tis the season.

Cynthia Fuchs
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All the Real Girls (2002)

'David and I are not smart enough to come up with a character that's as complex as Zooey is.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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Manic (2001)

Lyle confronts a pack of variously troubled kids, joined together in relentless and surly angst.

Cynthia Fuchs
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All the Real Girls (2002)

Paul has the sort of confidence that afflicts good-looking boys used to getting what he wants.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Abandon (2002)

Cynical and beautiful. No wonder the boys can't resist her.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Good Girl (2002)

Into Justine's black hole of a routine walks Holden glowering, self-consciously poetic, urgent.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The New Guy (2002)

What the heck is Jermaine Dupre doing here?"

Cynthia Fuchs
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