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John Wick

The film breathes exhilarating life into its tired premise, thanks to some dazzling action choreography, stylish visuals and–most importantly–a vintage anti-hero performance from Keanu Reeves.

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Low Down

Preiss' movie does a consistently excellent job of explaining the lure of jazz, and the psychology of addicts, their enablers and their children, without explaining…

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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.