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The Sea of Trees

The Sea of Trees uses depression, cancer and suicide as manipulative devices to tug at heartstrings instead of offering even the slightest insight into the…

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Don't Breathe

Don’t Breathe gets a little less interesting as it proceeds to its inevitable conclusion, but it works so well up to that point that your…

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The Decalogue

On Kieslowski's "The Decalogue," now being released theatrically in restored form and soon on Criterion Blu-ray.

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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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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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