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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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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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