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War Story

Director Mark Jackson’s drama is a chilly study in grief starring Catherine Keener as a war-zone photographer shattered by her experiences in Libya.

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Hercules

Dwayne Johnson tries, but he’s surrounded by poor CGI and a terrible adaptation of yet another comic book. Ian McShane steals what little movie there…

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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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A crossword for movie fans

by Joe Krozel

We received this entertaining puzzle from reader Joe Krozel, who describes himself as: "A free-lance puzzle constructor who has had a couple of crosswords appear in the New York Times since 2006. I've had a fascination with the stacking of long theme entries, as seen in the current puzzle, while maintaining focus on providing enjoyment to the solver."

The puzzle is based on information found in my annual Movie Yearbooks. -- RE

Across

1. Entertains like Armstrong 6. "___ of Fools"(1965) with Vivien Leigh 10. Towel thrown to Mr. Wallach 14. 2003 movie of a Jewish family that flees Nazi Germany for Kenya 17. 1989 movie based on Andre Brink's novel about South Africa 18. "___ it Forward"(2000) with Helen Hunt 19. 1975 ABBA song 20. Grand Central or Penn, abbr. 21. What "Me Myself I"(2000) lacks? 22. Modern sculptor Jean 24. "The ___ of Steve"(2000) 27. Ready for the pass 31. Barely make, with "out" 34. 1962 movie of a woman's bizarre new life after a drag racing accident 39. 1984 movie set in the British colonial era 40. 1991 French movie of an artist reinspired to complete a female portrait 41. Concorde, e.g. 42. "___ Conduct"(2003) 43. Opposite of a Hitchcock dir? 44. Flat tire sound 47. Govt. org. in "Enemy of the State"(1998) 50. Mauna ___ 52. Vegas starter 55. "The Ballad of the ___ Cafe"(1991) 58. 2000 Lonergan film of a woman's life interrupted by a visit from her irresponsible brother 62. Mostly silent movie of 1989 by Charles Lane 63. First name in 2000 Academy Awards 64. "Dinner ___"(2002) with Danny Aiello 65. One side in a challenge beginning 1975

Down

1. Sudden cold weather 2. Musical ending 3. Not as planned 4. Lord's Prayer pronoun 5. Bastes 6. Spanish six 7. Plan in "Prizzi's Honor"(1985) 8. Actress Sastre of "The Lost City"(2005) 9. "Todo Por La ___"(1991) 10. Silent, for one 11. Billy's leading lady in "Analyze That"(2002) 12. "Nico ___"(1996): Documentary of Warhol's femme fatale 13. Prominent feature in "Lawrence of Arabia"(1962) 15. Actress Stella of 1936 Sweeney Todd movie 16. Scorsese's Cape 23. Ones that get stepped on 24. Culinary tidbits in Madrid 25. Badly portrayed ones in "Aladdin"(1992) and "True Lies"(1994) 26. Beginnings 27. White House office shape 28. Word with yellow 29. Spanish actress Anaya in "Van Helsing"(2004) 30. "___ This Earth"(1957) Sci-fi movie 32. Twisty-horned antelopes 33. Actress Kimberly in "John Q"(2002) 34. Western actor Shrum of the 1940's 35. Hawaiian follower, abbr. 36. ___ Gras 37. "___ Hopkins"(1942) with Judy Canova 38. Oilcan letters 45. Picnic side 46. Sub finder 47. Where Disney is DIS 48. "Les Visiteurs du ___"(1942) 49. TT Roadster, for one 51. Lawyer org. in "The People vs. Larry Flynt"(1996) 52. Foster Brooks persona 53. "The ___ Bully"(2006) 54. "___ Making Sense"(1984) 55. Extract a coupon 56. Actor Leon of "Meet Me in St. Louis"(1944) 57. Julia Stiles role in "O"(2001) 59. 100 yrs. 60. Signs off on 61. Mine find

© 2007 by Joe Krozel

Answers can be found here.

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