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'Sex, Lies, and Videotape' Originated the Soderbergh Enigma

A delicate balance of the heady and the simple, Sex, Lies, and Videotape is both quintessential Steven Soderbergh and unlike anything he's directed since.

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'Get Shorty' Is the Purest Distillation of Elmore Leonard

The 1995 Hollywood caper Get Shorty, starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito, was billed as Elmore Leonard's revenge on the movie industry, but it has a funny way of showing it.

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Hannibal Lecter May Be 'The Silence of the Lambs' Icon But Clarice Starling Is the Movie

The Criterion edition of 1991's The Silence of the Lambs reminds us what the film has always stood for: Don't underestimate Clarice.

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When the Movie Gods Aren't Enough: The Bottom Line and 'The Big Picture'

Ben Fritz explores how a great American pastime has been subsumed by Moneyball tactics.

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'Phantom Thread' Sends off Daniel Day-Lewis by Deciphering Daniel Day-Lewis

The Oscar-nominated film from Paul Thomas Anderson is a revealing subversion of Day-Lewis' stable of expert characters.

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'Ali: A Life' Chronicles a Rhyming, Jabbing, Heroic Contradiction

In the first-ever unauthorized biography of Muhammad Ali, Jonathan Eig captures the icon's triumphant, tragic, and quintessentially American arc with exquisite detail and original analysis.

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'Punching Henry' and the Pains of Standup Comedy

Henry Phillips’ sequel to Punching the Clown revisits the difficulties of performing stand-up comedy (with his guitar,) but doesn't pose new questions about that experience.

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Ben Foster: The Strange, Exhilarating Prince of the Sacrificial Lamb Role

Foster has provided the most valuable service a co-star can to actors like Chris Pine, Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg: He’s made these leading men and their hard jawlines interesting.

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For Better or Worse 'Detour' Plows Ahead

Christopher Smith's new noir outing is a scuzzy and flawed 90 minutes, elevated by a compelling, three-pronged cast.

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Forcing Connections in '100 Streets'

100 Streets offers four groups of people who have nothing to do with each other than, well, the fact that they have to.

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