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Hugo Weaving, left, and Keanu Reeves appear in a fight scene from
Warner Bros. Pictures action thriller "The Matrix Revolution," the
concluding film in the "The Matrix" trilogy. Film franchises like
"The Matrix" and "Kill Bill" are dabbling in installment plans,
taking their cue from a serial format that dates back to the
ancient Greeks.

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