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The Hitman's Bodyguard

While no one is going to mistake The Hitman’s Bodyguard for high art, it will please those in the mood for late-summer fun.

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Patti Cake$

The sense of place and uniformly superb performances make it worth seeing, and maybe ultimately singing along with.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Gregg Toland, cinematographer

So much began and changed with Toland's eye and his camera. This film is short but remarkably comprehensive. The sequence rehearsing the low-angle shot in "Citizen Kane" is invaluable, even though I knew by reading how it was done. This is one of the most useful seven minutes I've ever spent learning about cinematography.

Many thanks to Marie Haws for this video find.

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