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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Some of the images sit there unmoving for too long, but that very same stasis also helps create and enforce the underlying tension, the tormented…

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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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Sean Burns is a film critic for The Improper Bostonian and Philadelphia Weekly. A founding member of the Boston Online Film Critics Association, his work has also appeared in The Metro, Nashville Scene, Time Out New York, and The House Next Door. Sean's sisters tell him that he "smokes too much and drives like an old lady."