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The Martian

The most surprising thing about "The Martian" is how relaxed and funny it is.



Cassel’s latest movie that smartly keeps his innate menace on a slow, low simmer, isn’t nearly as convincing or compelling as its star.

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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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All apologies (and new reviews)

I haven't been able to post as much as I'd like recently (and I've got some real juicy Opening Shots waiting) because I've been so busy doing reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times and, to help pick up some of the slack while Roger is resting and recovering. (See message from Chaz here -- kind of a teaser trailer for Roger's own progress reports!) This week I've got reviews of Woody Allen's "Scoop" and Betty Thomas's "John Tucker Must Die." You'll never guess which one I thought was funnier. I've already written three more for next week: "Little Miss Sunshine," "The Night Listener" and "The Descent." More about that last one, especially, in the next few days...

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