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Heaven Is for Real

Faith-based film tries reaching past its audience, but falls back on preaching to its own choir way too much.

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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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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Sweet Dreams, Baby: For Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline was born Sept. 8, 1932. Looking at her in this live footage, I'm struck by how she lacks showbiz affectations. Her dresses were what ordinary women would wear. Her hair was conventional. She just stands there pleasantly, almost politely, and sings. She could sing just like this in church on Sunday, Maybe not all the same songs,

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