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Lucy

Scarlett Johansson is an intriguing blank in Luc Besson's "Lucy," which is stranded somewhere between a stranger-in-a-strange-land action thriller and apocalyptic science fiction.

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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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The Kolb Report: Oak Park gets an outstanding logo

Introducing The Kolb Report, a new feature clandestinely linked to my blog. It features the daily findings of Larry J. Kolb, Internet Spy.

Larry Kolb is a real-life spy who came in from the cold. Retiring after 20 years in CIA covert operations, he penned his memoirs, Overworld: The Life and Times of a Reluctant Spy.

Then he did an investigation for the Department of Homeland Security that led to his 2007 best-seller, America at Night: The True Story of Two Rogue CIA Operatives, Homeland Security Failures, Dirty Money, and a Plot to Steal the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election.

Now he goes on special assignment for Roger Ebert's Journal, using skills developed in the field. His new reconnaissance appears at the top of each report; earlier findings scroll off the bottom.

Already he has developed valuable stories. In his Nov. 22 Report, he has little-seen footage of an unusual Chinese musical tribute to a foreign world leader, President Obama. And there's something for the whole family; actor Christopher Walken provides a video tutorial on preparing your holiday bird.

For security reasons The Kolb Report cannot be posted on my site's standard web pages. Only readers are informed how to reach it. Bookmark this encoded page, which will remain the same through daily updates:

http://j.mp/bj2d3

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