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Patti Cake$

The sense of place and uniformly superb performances make it worth seeing, and maybe ultimately singing along with.

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The Hitman's Bodyguard

While no one is going to mistake The Hitman’s Bodyguard for high art, it will please those in the mood for late-summer fun.

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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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Once more into the valley

"Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," a movie for which Roger Ebert wrote the screenplay in 1969, is being released Tuesday, June 12 on DVD. The two-disc special edition includes a commentary track by Ebert, other commentaries by the actors Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, Harrison Page, John LaZar and Erica Gavin. On the second disc are several documentaries about the film, its production and its music.

Ebert wrote the following article for Film Comment magazine on the movie's tenth anniversary, in 1980.


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