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Transcendence

"Transcendence" is a serious science fiction movie filled with big ideas and powerful images, but it never quite coheres, and the end is a copout.

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Heaven Is for Real

Faith-based film tries reaching past its audience, but falls back on preaching to its own choir way too much.

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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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