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Office Christmas Party

Another reminder that allowing your cast to madly improvise instead of actually providing a coherent script with a scintilla of inherent logic often leads to…

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Harry Benson: Shoot First

The filmmakers are themselves too celebrity besotted to comment in a meaningful way on how Benson’s career balanced depictions of the rich and famous with…

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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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Movie Answer Man (07/13/2003)

Q. A long-standing urban legend has come to an end. An article in the London Guardian by Paul Berczeller followed up on the story about the woman from Japan who allegedly went to North Dakota and supposedly froze while looking for the buried roadside treasure left at the end of "Fargo." While it turns out to be a sad story about a young woman's suicide, it ultimately had nothing to do with the movie. (Jason Bergman, Brooklyn, NY)

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Rays of hope at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah -- Beverly Hills slicksters and Manhattan indie distributors are packing their goose-down coats and Elmer Fudd hats and gearing up for the Sundance Film Festival, held every January here in this Utah ski resort, often in the middle of a snowstorm.

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