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Dir. Michael Winterbottom
(2011, Not Rated, 111 min)

British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play exaggerated versions of themselves in The Trip, which was edited down from a six-episode BBC miniseries and could have used some more trimming. At nearly two hours it’s overlong and sometimes repetitive – by the third or fourth round of dueling Michael Caine impersonations, the well has run dry – but as directed by Michael Winterbottom (The Killer Inside Me, A Mighty Heart) and played by its two leads, it has a dry and winning comic tone that’s content to wander, and a surprising undercurrent of melancholy as it becomes not just a road movie, but a story of two middle-aged men who are in very different places in their lives and careers.

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The Unsung Heroes of 2008

Highlighting those overlooked performances from 2008 that deserved greater accolades.

Asia Argento, in 'The Last Mistress'
The Last Mistress

Set in 19th Century France, Catherine Breillat’s film is not about love — it’s about addiction. Because as played by Argento, Spanish seductress Vellini is not a romantic heroine but a creature of obsessive need and hunger. The actress shows ferocious commitment in a performance that ventures into some of the ugliest realms of human desire. She is frequently nude, but it is her emotional nakedness that distinguishes her.

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Academy Award statuette

As the late-year Oscar rush continues, here are a few of the year’s worthiest contenders the Motion Picture Academy has probably missed.

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