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The Hitman's Bodyguard

While no one is going to mistake The Hitman’s Bodyguard for high art, it will please those in the mood for late-summer fun.

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Patti Cake$

The sense of place and uniformly superb performances make it worth seeing, and maybe ultimately singing along 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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My Favorite Roger: Jana Monji

Roger's blog essay "Blackie Come Home"

Why did I choose this essay?

Roger's essay about Blackie and Ming brought back haunting memories and aptly described the emptiness that a beloved canine leaves behind. As children or adults, we don't forget, that void remains. As Roger expressed it: "I have an empty space inside myself that can only be filled by a dog."

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