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Alice Through the Looking Glass

There is no magic, no wonder, just junk rehashed from a movie that was itself a rehash of Lewis Carroll, tricked out with physically unpersuasive…

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Holy Hell

The story of a cult as told by a filmmaker assigned to glorify it; intriguing but superficial.

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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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Movie Answer Man (11/19/2000)

Q. I walked out of "Dancer In The Dark" last night, not because it was awful (I found it compelling and difficult) but because my wife had fled the theater ten minutes before (during the scene in which Selma and Bill struggle over her money), unable to bear the suffering any more. My initial response was to stay and watch this troubling, fascinating film to the end, but I realized that I was more worried about my wife than I was about the characters. So I left, silently apologizing to Bjork and Lars Von Trier. 1. Did I do the right thing? 2. Does this mean she gets to pick the next movie, even if it's directed by Nora Ephron and features a talking cat? (Colin Meeder, Frankfurt, Germany)

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