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American Sniper

American Sniper proves the dictum “never count an auteur out” by proving itself as Eastwood’s strongest directorial effort since 2009's underrated Invictus pretty much right…

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The Interview

Opportunities at rich satire flatten out into Hangover dude-dope-doodoo jokes, where the premise is that there’s nothing funnier than watching over-privileged grown men act out…

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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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I need counseling over grief counseling

From George Rieger:

I have always respected your writing, but was disappointed with your comments about grief counseling in your review of "Hesher." My wife is a grief counselor, having worked at a hospice for 11 years. She has a gift of being able to come into strangers lives at the most difficult times and offer them support, guidance, and relief.

Often, it is difficult to seek comfort from those with whom you are the closest; they may be struggling with the same loss. If you have discouraged one person from accepting, or seeking help, you have done a disservice. And consider that grief is about all loss, not necessarily that of the death of someone close.

I hope you reconsider your judgement of grief counseling.

Ebert: I was much too hasty, and regret it.

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