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Freeheld stumbles over too many hurdles to recommend it. The film’s heart is in the right place, but its focus is not.



Cassel’s latest movie that smartly keeps his innate menace on a slow, low simmer, isn’t nearly as convincing or compelling as its star.

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"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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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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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."

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