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The Boy Next Door

The Boy Next Door has its share of so-bad-they’re-good moments – and details, and chunks of dialogue – but not nearly enough. Mostly, they’re just…

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Son of a Gun

Avery’s more than capable behind the camera, he just needs to be met halfway by his screenwriting, which dwells in overly familiar territory.

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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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Spike Lee writes an open letter to A.O. Scott, A The Shining producer calls Room 237 "idiotic"; Facebook's latest money-grabbing ploy; Introducing The Critical Press; Archie Bunker and Norman Lear.

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Entertainment Weekly pays writers in non-existent prestige; The pleasure of Masters of Sex; The Rock and prewar cinema; A brilliant (also illegal) streaming service; Forming opinions.

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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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