For Oscar's Best Actress Category, It's Slim Pickings

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'The Chorus,' a Musical Film Treat from France

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Bacon, Penn Give Oscar-Worthy Portraits of Losers

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Bob Mondello's Favorite Movies of 2004

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A 'Merchant of Venice' of Its Own Time, for Our Time

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'Phantom of the Opera' Offers Extravagant Take on Webber Musical

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Lemony Snicket on the Big Screen

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In 'Life Aquatic,' Anderson Gets a Bigger Budget

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Not-so-Merry Holiday Films

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Jeunet, Tatou Team for a Romantic 'Engagement'

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Sizing Up the Holiday Blockbusters

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Almodovar's 'Bad Education' Goes Below the Surface of Filmmaking

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'Finding Neverland' Takes Enchanted Look at Author

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