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John Wick

The film breathes exhilarating life into its tired premise, thanks to some dazzling action choreography, stylish visuals and–most importantly–a vintage anti-hero performance from Keanu Reeves.

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Low Down

Preiss' movie does a consistently excellent job of explaining the lure of jazz, and the psychology of addicts, their enablers and their children, without explaining…

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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: A Study in the Art of Being Rude

For the remainder of this year's Cannes Film Festival, we'll be highlighting a selection from Roger's Cannes coverage each day, providing you with luminous snapshots of the critic's many invaluable weeks spent in the midday sun.

Flashback #1: A Study in the Art of Being Rude

Language barriers, cinematic delirium and general cluelessness are merely a few of the factors that can cause a Cannes press conference to steadily devolve into a free-for-all. This first selection from the 1981 festival hilariously details the outrageous disorder that engulfs a conference for Bob Rafelson's "The Postman Always Rings Twice," starring Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. Roger is clearly appalled by the chaos and has a blast reporting on it. When long-suffering moderator Richard Roud exclaims, "Ladies and gentlemen, please!" as the paparazzi raids the starry panel, Roger half-quips, "He has been the festival translator for years and must know that none of the paprazzi fall into those two categories."

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