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The Maze Runner

What’s intriguing about “The Maze Runner”–for a long time, at least–is the way it tells us a story we think we’ve heard countless times before…

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20,000 Days on Earth

In his music, he routinely celebrates/deconstructs his public persona: brutalizer, coward, agnostic, and wannabe deity. "20,000 Days on Earth" is accordingly not a biography, but…

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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 non-fanboy on "Kick-Ass"

From A Sambrook, Mamaroneck, NY

Your review of "Kick-Ass" was very brave. As father of a 11 and 13 year olds, I really appreciate your perspective, and I now don't feel so isolated in my views towards violence in movies. I watched the red band trailer and was really upset. My daughter fights depression every day, as do an estimated 20% of US teens -- she is a self injurer -- and I continue to be appalled at the lack of compassion the entertainment industry shows by continuing to make such violent movies involving or appealing to young people and there impact on depression and triggers for self injurious behavior.

Thank you for the sole voice of sanity I have heard.

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