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La La Land

This is a beautiful film about love and dreams, and how the two impact each other.

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Jackie

There are two movies in "Jackie." One of these movies is just OK. The other is exceptional. The first one keeps undermining the second.

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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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Helping students question views

From: Mark Day, Vista, CA

I found your comments about "Crash" absolutely dead-on. My wife teaches communications and critical thinking at Cal State University San Marcos. She gives the students freqent exercises to challenge them to question the lenses through which they view the world. After showing them "Crash," she came home emotoinally exhausted, but pleased that the film reached the students in a way a lecture could never do. It literally turned some of the around. It may not be Hollywood's mission to teach values. But when it conveys the complexity of human motivation as well as "Crash," then credit is due. Thanks for your great column.

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