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Mr. Turner

Filmmaker Mike Leigh's biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call "austere"—which means it's slow and grim and deliberately hard to love—yet…

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Annie

The new version of "Annie" is fashionably artificial and not very well directed, but its unabashed good cheer is very welcome.

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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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iPod power in 'Firewall'

From Eric Talerico

I just wanted to mention that since most of the data in a bank's system would be text and mathematical algorithms, a top of the line iPod could, in the hands of a brilliant programmer, do what the iPod does in "Firewall". I was delighted when I found that my 60 GB iPod could accept a full version of my Mac OS, all my applications, and still have room for a significant portion of the library of Congress! Presupposing that the hero is the brilliant man he's cracked up to be, of course he can do what he did with an iPod!

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