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The Magnificent Seven

Rarely have so many charismatic actors been used in a film that feels quite as soulless as Antoine Fuqua’s update of The Magnificent Seven.

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The Age of Shadows

At 140 minutes, Kim sometimes loses the rhythm of his spy thriller, but he's such a confident filmmaker—and his leading man such a magnetic presence—that…

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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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What's wrong with "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

From Mary McReynolds, Arcadia, OK:

What a sad commentary on Ebert's belief system that he would slam a classic film based on a classic novel, neither of which would probably even be published or filmed today, given our politically correct biases. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is not about black people rising up in anger against injustice. That wasn't the book's intent, nor was it the film's intent. It was about Harper Lee's sublime vision and reporting of an era when good people were good, black or white, and bad people were bad of whatever stripe. There comes a time in every critic's life when he gets so full of himself that his reviews are all about him and his precious prejudices, truth be damned.

Shame on Roger Ebert.

I make my own decisions anyway on what constitutes great film.

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