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Alice Through the Looking Glass

There is no magic, no wonder, just junk rehashed from a movie that was itself a rehash of Lewis Carroll, tricked out with physically unpersuasive…

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The Do-Over

At one point, I checked the time code on Netflix and saw that the movie had over forty minutes to go. I visibly winced.

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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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Healing thoughts, healing films

From Mindy Arbo, Ann Arbor, MI:

Roger, ever since reading of your recent unwelcome hospital return, I have been thinking of you and sending all my positive thoughts your way.

At the French Film Festival going on at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, I saw two tremendous films last week that also made me think of you. "The Light," with Sandrine Bonnaire, amazingly moving romantic piece, and "St. Jacques…La Mecque" -- a great ‘"speedy-recovery-through- laughter" vehicle.

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