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Penguins of Madagascar

The pacing is so zany, the jokes are so rapid-fire and the sight gags are so inspired that it’s impossible not to get caught up…

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Horrible Bosses 2

The law of diminishing returns, which has afflicted so many comedy sequels over the years, strikes again in “Horrible Bosses 2,” further proving that just…

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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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Exploring Israel-Palestine Through Movies

Our Far-Flung Correspondent Omer M. Muzaffer wrapped his series on how the conflict between Israel and Palestine has been reflected through cinema. As Muzaffer wrote in the  introduction, "This series presents the situation in four installments. First, we will explore religious films. Second, we will survey attempts at good will and attempts at hostility. Third, we will explore Israel from the perspective of pro-Israeli filmmakers. Fourth, we will explore Palestine from the perspective of pro-Palestinian filmmakers." Find links to all four below:

Part 1: Introduction and Viewing List

Part 2: Friends and Foes

Part 3: Pro-Israeli Narratives

Part 4: Pro-Palestinian Narratives and Conclusions


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