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Fist Fight

A consistently intelligent (or at least bright), coherently constructed comedy that is on occasion a rather pointed critique of the American education system in the…

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A Cure for Wellness

As a fetish object, it’s impressive. But as a fully satisfying feature-length drama, it’s a bust.

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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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Sing a song of newspapers

extra.jpgAt the Chicago Headline Club awards on 5/6/11, a video featured "Newspapermen Meet Such Interesting People." That started me thinking about newspaper songs.

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