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The Hitman's Bodyguard

While no one is going to mistake The Hitman’s Bodyguard for high art, it will please those in the mood for late-summer fun.

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Patti Cake$

The sense of place and uniformly superb performances make it worth seeing, and maybe ultimately singing along with.

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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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Bob Bowman: "I am, I said!"

From Bob Bowman, San Francisco, CA:

In response to Lewis McNeel's letter questioning my existence and your Answer Man ethics, I wish to state for the record that I do indeed exist. Alas, I do not have a brother named Dave, although I always thought it was cool that my last name was in "2001" -- especially since other movie Bowmans tend to be bad guys (i.e., George Kennedy in "The Eiger Sanction") or annoying government types (i.e., Cliff Curtis in "Live Free or Die Hard"). Now, gentlemen, may I sing you a few verses of "Daisy"?

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