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Listen Up Philip

The terrific cast all delves into the material full-bore, which contributes to its peculiar resonance. Perry may hate everyone and everything, but in making a…

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Private Violence

A look at the complexity of domestic violence, especially when it comes to the difficulty of prosecuting abusers in a court of law, "Private Violence"…

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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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