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Women Are on Top in 'American Horror Story: Coven'

No show in recent memory has showcased such powerful and alluring women, and the performances of Jessica Lange, Emma Roberts, and Angela Bassett are pitch-perfect.

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Signs & Wonders: Television Ads As Pop Art

Every once in a great while, an ad will rise above the white noise and actually transcend the fetid swamp of commercial television.

John Grassi
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Goth Chic: 'Dark Shadows'

Tim Burton's adaptation of Dark Shadows is a fun 90-minute ride followed by 30 minutes of ennui.

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Preppies at Love and War: 'Metropolitan'

Despite the fact that Metropolitan features a cast of unknowns (who have remained unknown), I cannot think of a more likable young cast in any film.

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Saharan Romance and Greek Tragedy: Revisiting 'The English Patient'

This film has the greatest love scene in all of cinema; it beats the airfield ending in Casablanca, Brando howling for Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, and even the sinking Titanic. This is it.

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High Anxiety at the BBC: 'The Hour'

The look and feel of The Hour is reminiscent of Mad Men: the men wear sharp, tailored suits and Bel has the retro glamour of a young Rita Hayworth.

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Be True to Your School and to Yourself: 'Rushmore'

Wes Anderson's 1998 masterpiece is a sharply observed coming-of-age film, a hilarious fish-out-of-water farce, and a bittersweet tale of unrequited love.

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'Quarantine 2: Terminal': The Enemy Within Bad Filmmaking

I almost expected the 400-pound cannibal to shout “I EAT BABIES!” like Fat Bastard in an Austin Powers film.

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'Naked': The Dispossessed of a Post-Thatcher England

In post-Thatcher England, the future looks bleak in this two-hour journey to oblivion, down the dark alley of a twisted soul.

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'Solaris': Moral Hazards on a Soviet Space Station

The 1972 Russian film Solaris, along with its 2003 American remake, is a haunting, disturbing experience.

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'Last Train Home': The Long Way Home

This isn’t the China that the propaganda ministers in Beijing tirelessly promote. This isn’t what their corporate partners in America want people to see. Yet Fan doesn’t flinch from this personal tragedy, this disintegration of a family.

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'Restrepo': In the Valley of Death

In Afghanistan, US soldiers chase -- and are chased by -- the ghosts of 9-11.

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Passion, Murder, and the New World Order in 'Compulsion'

As this cautionary tale winds down, our central character enjoys the privilege of the overclass; she doesn’t pay for her crimes -- others pay.

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The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town

Bruce Springsteen's Darkness therapy. The stakes are remarkably high and the film is reminiscent of the Beatles' Let It Be, as we glimpse a band under the pressure of expectations.

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In 'Hard Candy' A Modern Little Red Riding Hood Is Out to Dispatch a Wolf

Torture is symptomatic of a society that’s given up on liberal democracy, due process of law, and common decency. When the use of torture is accepted, a moral threshold has been crossed and only barbarism can follow.

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Salvation Is For Sale In 'The Order'

The Order has a veiled reference to The Exorcist and its demon Pazuzu. It’s illustrative to compare these two films, for they’re both concerned with the same themes—occult knowledge and the nature of evil.


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