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Life struck me as several cuts above “meh” but never made me jump out of my seat.

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Trashy, goofy, and surprisingly sincere, this superhero fantasy is better than you expect but not as good as it should be.

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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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'Critical' condition?

From Pierre Pinard, Québec, Canada:

Best wishes to Roger Ebert. I read about his health problem in today's edition of the Ottawa Citizen, and hope for the best, but the headline is worth a chuckle: "Film critic Ebert in critical condition." Isn't that his usual condition?

Yes, and he's stabilized and improving -- not critical, but serious. Of course, Roger can be both -- but also enthusiastic and funny! -- JE

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