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Freeheld stumbles over too many hurdles to recommend it. The film’s heart is in the right place, but its focus is not.



Cassel’s latest movie that smartly keeps his innate menace on a slow, low simmer, isn’t nearly as convincing or compelling as its star.

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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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