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Men, Women & Children

A potentially interesting premise is handled so badly that what might have been a provocative drama quickly and irrevocably devolves into the technological equivalent of…

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Time Is Illmatic

An excellent documentary that focuses more on why the Illmatic album came to be than how successful it became. Prepare to be schooled in many…

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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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Laya Maheshwari

Laya Maheshwari is an Indian film critic based
in Mumbai, but often found elsewhere. His writing has appeared in
publications such as Film Comment, The LA Review of Books, Indiewire and
Hindustan Times. One day he aspires to write a one-star review of a
movie as entertaining as Roger Ebert's dismissal of "Mad Dog Time"