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Lucy

Scarlett Johansson is an intriguing blank in Luc Besson's "Lucy," which is stranded somewhere between a stranger-in-a-strange-land action thriller and apocalyptic science fiction.

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Hercules

Dwayne Johnson tries, but he’s surrounded by poor CGI and a terrible adaptation of yet another comic book. Ian McShane steals what little movie there…

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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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A native of the Philadelphia area, Kurt began his career covering film and local news for a group of community weeklies, eventually serving as the full-time editor of one of them, The Pennington Post, until early 2012. He remains the chief film critic for the South Philly Review newspaper. Since arriving in New York, he's become enmeshed in a thrilling culture of film writers, friends, and mentors, a handful of whom now lend their voices to RogerEbert.com. Among Kurt's favorite films are Mulholland Drive, The Passion of Joan of Arc, M, Aliens, Do the Right Thing, and HBO's Angels in America. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his partner Brandon, their dog, Chase, and their cat, Lucy.