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Cannibal

Visually striking and confident but frustratingly hollow in terms of character and narrative.

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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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"The American" was abysmal, slow and plodding

From Stanley Farb, Somerset, NJ:

My wife and I have long been fans and followers of your advice. We are almost agree with your film commentary. But I must take exception with your praise for "The American." With your review and George Clooney's acting/directing, we were expecting a quality film. Aside from the scenery and the nudity, this film, IMHO, was abysmal. A slow, plodding story (I hesitate to glorify it with the word plot ) with almost no significant dialogue, and such improbable scenarios as assemblage of a high quality, precision weapon with a few crude tools and some used car parts added to our disappointment.

Our bleak view was endorsed by a number of other patrons as we left the theatre. I shall continue to follow your advice, but I felt compelled to express my divergent view on this film.

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