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The Good Dinosaur

A film that has some promising elements and which often seems as if it is on the verge of evolving into something wonderful but never…


The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl lacks an immediacy and vibrancy, as well as a genuine sense of emotional connection.

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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…


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 media made them superstars

"Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert," assembles the essential writings of the Chicago Sun-Times film critic in a single volume for the first time. "Awake in the Dark" surveys his 40-year catalog, including reviews, essays and interviews. For the next five weeks we'll publish excerpts here from the collection's highlights in each decade, from the '60s to the '00s. This week: "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967)

"Bonnie and Clyde" is a milestone in the history of American movies, a work of truth and brilliance. It is also pitilessly cruel, filled with sympathy, nauseating, funny, heartbreaking and astonishingly beautiful. If it does not seem that those words should be strung together, perhaps that is because movies do not very often reflect the full range of human life.

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