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The Boy Next Door

The Boy Next Door has its share of so-bad-they’re-good moments – and details, and chunks of dialogue – but not nearly enough. Mostly, they’re just…

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Son of a Gun

Avery’s more than capable behind the camera, he just needs to be met halfway by his screenwriting, which dwells in overly familiar territory.

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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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The Future of the Movies

Last week, Ethan Anderton at FirstShowing.net called attention to a special Roger and Gene made in 1990, in which they talked to Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas about the future of the movies. It was such a joy to see this again, and many of the things these three directors had to say then seem prescient now. It's worth taking the time to watch this all the way through.

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