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Winter Sleep

The running time of his new picture Winter Sleep, three hours and change, suggests weight, but at it happens, this movie struck me as both…

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Mr. Turner

Filmmaker Mike Leigh's biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call "austere"—which means it's slow and grim and deliberately hard to love—yet…

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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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Nick Schager is a NYC-area film critic and journalist who currently spends his days and nights (and late-late nights) churning out criticism and features for The Village Voice, Time Out New York, New York Magazine’s Vulture, The A.V. Club, The Dissolve, Esquire, The Atlantic, SF Weekly, Film Journal International and Slant Magazine. During his scant free time, Nick has been known to obsess over the intricacies of "They Live" and recite dialogue with his two daughters from "Clifford."