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Steve Jobs

The fact that he doesn’t try to redeem these flawed, fascinating figures—or even try to make you like them in the slightest way—feels like an…


Knock Knock

As a piece of social satire, Knock Knock winds up being not just toothless but anticlimactic.

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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…


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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Cannes Flashback: 16 Films in 5 Days; 1 Meal in 5 Hours

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Flashback #4: 16 Films in 5 Days; 1 Meal in 5 Hours

Here's a clear affirmation that the newly constructed "Steak 'n Shake" on the Riviera would've undoubtedly caused Roger to salivate. In this wonderfully funny selection from the 2000 festival, Roger provides a minute-by-minute breakdown of his excruciatingly prolonged experience in a French restaurant, waiting a seeming eternity for his dinner to materialize, and then several more eternities for his check to arrive. Suddenly, the brand-new McDonald's across the street proved to be unexpectedly enticing. Here's hoping he ordered a royale with cheese.

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