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Adam Sandler

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Moviegoers accustomed to Adam Sandler's usual bigscreen one-two punch of repressed anger and broad schtick may have been surprised by his more serious turn as Barry Egan in "Punch-Drunk Love." He…

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Leonardo DiCaprio

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As juvenile delinquents go, Leonardo DiCaprio is twice as convincing as anyone out there. In Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York," DiCaprio plays Amsterdam Vallon, the orphaned son of a slain Irish…

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Paul Newman

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A good rule of thumb in gauging Paul Newman's performances in films is not to ask Paul Newman; he wouldn't know. "I get depressed at my own performances," Newman says. "So I stay away from them."

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Viggo Mortensen

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While "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy may center around Frodo, in its second installment, "The Two Towers," Viggo Mortensen carries the physical and emotional weight of the film.

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Diane Lane

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When director Adrian Lyne needed a star who could handle the complex role of a happily married suburban wife and mother who tumbles into a heady affair with a younger man, he went to Diane Lane, not…

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George Clooney

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George Clooney has never been to the Oscars. If his minimalistic performance in "Solaris" strikes the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voters the way it has some critics, he might just have…

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Emily Watson

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Casting arthouse veteran Emily Watson opposite the "Waterboy" himself, Adam Sandler, may seem an unlikely combination, but it was the peculiar pairing that energized Watson for her role in Paul…

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Kathy Bates

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"About Schmidt" may be mostly about the recently retired Midwestern widower Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson), but Oscar winner Kathy Bates steals her fair share of scenes as the uncompromising Roberta…

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