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Winter Sleep

The running time of his new picture Winter Sleep, three hours and change, suggests weight, but at it happens, this movie struck me as both…

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Mr. Turner

Filmmaker Mike Leigh's biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call "austere"—which means it's slow and grim and deliberately hard to love—yet…

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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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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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