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The Zookeeper's Wife

Has many lovely and moving moments but fails to capture the many layers of this unique story, relying instead on plainly-stated metaphors.

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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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Hurt's so good!

I was thrilled this morning to see William Hurt on the Oscar nomination list. Your review of his work in "A History of Violence" was one of the reasons I went to see it. When you said he “sounded notes we’d never heard before”, you were so on the mark. What a fantastic feature role!

I am sorry that his nomination was at the expense of Don Cheadle’s [in "Crash"], but William Hurt definitely deserved to be recognized. He, like Jeff Daniels [not nominated for "The Squid and the Whale'], is one of the unsung great actors of our time.

Thanks for the great review!

Kate Chambers
Texarkana, TX

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