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The Zookeeper's Wife

Has many lovely and moving moments but fails to capture the many layers of this unique story, relying instead on plainly-stated metaphors.

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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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"Rosebud" was a rather tawdry device

Can you spot props from the movie? Before scrutinizing this frame from the film, you should watch the scene. Embedding has been disabled, but go here to view the ending of "Citizen Kane.

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Here are my Great Movies review of the film, and my Viewer's Companion to Citizen Kane. The 2-disc Special Edition includes my commentary track.

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