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Pornography: A Thriller

Though David Kittredge's film doesn't exactly tread new ground topically, it is testament to our continued fascination with the question of snuff.

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Triple Fire Productions

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Date Night

In timing, delivery, and charisma, Tina Fey and Steve Carell are exactly who they always are, and this is a good thing.

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Miami Medical: Series Premiere

The accidents and traumas that bring patients to the hospital are recalled, fragmented, and replayed in ways strikingly similar to the CSI franchise's tricks.

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Greenberg

The film's central romance looks like a perfect storm of codependency, dressed up as introspection and self-analysis.

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Alice in Wonderland

In Alice in Wonderland, Alice retreats routinely into fantasy worlds where she can think and decide for herself.

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The Amazing Race: Season 16 Premiere

The Amazing Race encourages personal growth, even if contestants have to be led by the nose by host Phil Keoghan.

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Dear John

Clichés suffuse Dear John, including the repetitious soft-focus close-ups of Amanda Seyfried and excuses to get Channing Tatum's shirt off.

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Antichrist

Antichrist in many ways seems Lars Von Trier's rejoinder to the criticism that he "hates women," as if daring us to watch what we expect to see.

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Zentropa Entertainments

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Fame

The real struggle faced by kids in today's Fame is how to negotiate cultural demands for sexual morality and conservatism while maintaining outsized sexual personas in public.

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Capitalism: A Love Story

In Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore is on target in his indictment of the top 1% of the population, those who own or control 95% of U.S. wealth.

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The Informant!

The Informant! recalls the excuses made by numerous underlings of authoritarian institutions over the course of the past century who have justified their exploitative practices by claiming they were just following orders.

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Melrose Place: Series Premiere

Melrose Place suggests that with the evolving sophistication of video technology, the distinction between "porn" and "reality" is increasingly blurred.

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Post Grad

If only Post Grad challenged such presumptions and hubris, it might make its rom-com cliches more tolerable.

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Funny People

Bromances like Funny People do a disservice to the friendship capabilities of straight men, making them seem stunted.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, complicated teenaged sexual desires are the counterpart to the sacrificial love oft touted by Dumbledore.

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The Hangover

The Hangover is yet another cinematic celebration of piggy boy grossity.

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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

In Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, the real heroes of history are women, native peoples, and "others" of all sorts.

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Little Ashes

Little Ashes glosses over García Lorca's complex political investments and insists that his activities were driven by his inability to be "out."

Todd R. Ramlow
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Angels & Demons

A Harvard professor is an unlikely candidate for the hero of a summer blockbuster, and Angels & Demons demonstrates exactly why. The film is filled with talk, talk, talk.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Scary as Hugh Jackman's vascular body may be, it's also perfectly appropriate as a visual extension of the weaponization of Wolverine.

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Every Little Step

Every Little Step is all about repetition, documenting the casting of the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, a musical about the casting of a Broadway musical.

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