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American Sniper

American Sniper proves the dictum “never count an auteur out” by proving itself as Eastwood’s strongest directorial effort since 2009's underrated Invictus pretty much right…

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The Interview

Opportunities at rich satire flatten out into Hangover dude-dope-doodoo jokes, where the premise is that there’s nothing funnier than watching over-privileged grown men act out…

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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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Nymphomaic explains the career of Lars von Trier; Nolan rejects 3D; Critics should write about form, except when they don't want to; A 1970s mother blogs; HBO challenges Netflix.

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Women saving film criticism; The wonderfully unique Shailene Woodley; BuzzFeed hires Allison Wilmore as their first film critic; Revisiting George Lucas' American Graffiti; Sex in Pasolini films.

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Flappy Bird creator tells all about his hit app; Looking back at Kevin Smith's Mallrats; An expose on Scarlett Johansson; A letter to Lena Dunham; Challenging David Lynch's Blue Velvet.

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