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The Martian

The most surprising thing about "The Martian" is how relaxed and funny it is.



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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Today is Character Day: Check Out a Short Film Explaining What That Means

In December, I wrote about Tiffany Shlain, whom I had met at the TED Women conference. Tiffany was promoting a film project "The Science of Character" and an event—Character Day, March 20, 2014. The film and the event are all about developing more positive human characteristics in our school children. To learn more about the project, you can check out their website here.

Time flies, and today is #CharacterDay, and Tiffany and her organization are reaching out around the globe to get students thinking about character. Over 1500 schools and non-profits are participating. Screenings span over 7 continents, 40 countries and all 50 U.S. states. And here is the film. It's thought-provoking work about universal character traits that we share.

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