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This summer, I have seen every single blockbuster so that you don't have to. What's the state of Hollywood? Great in the first act, terrible in the third

By Mark Cousins   September 2005

Far be it for me to suggest that Prospect readers don’t have their fingers on the pulse of popular cinema, but in case you haven’t seen all Hollywood’s blockbusters this year, I have selflessly done so on your behalf. The summer is nearly over, so I’ve bagged all the biggies. What, then, is the state of American popular cinema in 2005?

At first sight, things seem like business as usual. The most successful cultural export industry in the world has churned out loads of rubbish. In the last year, the Hollywood sausage machine has given us Robots, Mr and Mrs…

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