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Guardians of the Galaxy

In many respects, “Guardians,” directed and co-written by indie wit James Gunn, and starring buffed-up former schlub Chris Pratt and Really Big Sci-Fi Blockbuster vet…

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Finding Fela

Alex Gibney's "Finding Fela," about the legendary African pop star and political activist, feels like the rough draft of a very good movie.

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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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Gone missin'

I'm taking my first week off this year! Plan to read and sleep and work in the garden and watch movies, but not write. Back October 10. Please keep up the comments discussions, though -- I'll still be publishing those. Now I must rest...

Meanwhile, here are some of my recent reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times and RogerEbert.com:

"The Science of Sleep," "The US vs. John Lennon," "Half Nelson," "This Film is Not Yet Rated," "The Illusionist," "Conversations With Other Women."

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