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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic becomes more dear and more impressive the more you learn about it —Marty Mapes (DVD review...)

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Joaquin Phoenix

  • Irrational Man (2015)

    Stone likes Phoenx's Irrational Man Review by Robert Denerstein: An unconvincing work about a depressed philosophy professor

  • Inherent Vice (2015)

    Phoenix pursues Inherent Vice Review by Robert Denerstein: P.T. Anderson brings Pynchon's clouds of digressions to the screen

  • Her (2014)

    Phoenix loves Her Review by Robert Denerstein: Thought-provoking film shows love in the time of artificial intelligence

    Review by Matt Anderson: Like most novelty relationships, it's fun for a while but wears out its welcome.

  • The Master (2012)

    Look behind the camera for The Master Review by Robert Denerstein: Strange, compelling, and boldly uncommon.

  • I'm Still Here (2010)

    Is Phoenix Still Here? Review by Robert Denerstein: Joke or not, who would want to present himself this way?

  • We Own the Night (2007)

    Phoenix and his brother Own the Night Review by Marty Mapes: You probably won't hate it, but that's because you probably won't feel much of anything about it

  • Walk the Line (2005)

    Phonex definitely Walks the Line Review by Marty Mapes: The movie itself is no more than a "Phoenix delivery device"

  • The Village (2004)

    Shyamalan tries to outsmart the Village Review by Matt Anderson: Not clever enough to stay a mystery much past the film's opening sequences

    DVD review by Matt Anderson: Each new release of the Touchstone Vista Series seems to be less and less spectacular

  • Signs (2002)

    Shyamalan's Signs lead you where he wants you to go Review by Marty Mapes: Things are not so simplistic as Shyamalan tries to make them

  • Quills (2000)

    Review by Matt Anderson: An avenue on which the pretentious can go "slumming"

  • Gladiator (2000)

    Russellimus Crowe in Gladiator Review by Marty Mapes

  • Two Lovers

    Review by Marty Mapes: We know the characters better than they know themselves