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Mr. Turner

Filmmaker Mike Leigh's biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call "austere"—which means it's slow and grim and deliberately hard to love—yet…

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Annie

The new version of "Annie" is fashionably artificial and not very well directed, but its unabashed good cheer is very welcome.

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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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Fey on Palin on Letterman 10/17/08

"Not since 'Sling Blade' has there been a voice that anybody could do.... Anybody can take a swing at this voice."

"You have to be able to goof on the female politicians just as much, otherwise you really are treating them like they're weaker or something."

Also, she gives credit to Seth Meyers for being the primary writer of the Palin SNL sketches. Classy broad.

(Ebert on John McCain on Letterman, plus clips, here.)

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