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Winter Sleep

The running time of his new picture Winter Sleep, three hours and change, suggests weight, but at it happens, this movie struck me as both…

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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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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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Juneau

No comment necessary. (See previous.) The coincidences are too great. Many thanks to whoever created this. It will soon be everywhere, if it isn't already.

UPDATE: From Republican conservative pundit and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan: "I think they went for this, excuse me, political bullshit about 'narratives.' Every time Republicans do that, because that's not where they live and it's not what they're good at, they blow it."

Go back and skim Neal Gabler's book "Life: The Movie." This "plot development" is funnier than Spiro Agner, funnier than Dan Quayle. This may be even beyond Billy "Beer" Carter-level funny...

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