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The Zookeeper's Wife

Has many lovely and moving moments but fails to capture the many layers of this unique story, relying instead on plainly-stated metaphors.

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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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Noah started writing about film in fourth grade with his review of "Driving Miss Daisy" for a Montessori school writing assignment (4 stars). Jumping ahead, he started writing a blog on film and politics, Reel Change, in 2012. Since then he has written for The Atlantic, Washington City Paper, Salon, Esquire, Film School Rejects, Think Progress, Movie Mezzanine, and others. Noah has also appeared on BBC and Fox News, and will lecture at the Smithsonian in February 2014. He still hasn't really figured out Twitter, but he's trying @reelchanger.