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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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Bears

"Bears" could have used a lot more science; more substantive information in the place of wacky one-liners. Still, the images trump everything.

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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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Palin 2012

This is has been the script co-written by Sarah Palin & William Kristol (uncredited) all along. And once again John McCain played his part in the scenario, opposite the real Palin (Tina Fey's) on "Saturday Night Live." The 2012 Palin rallies (no mention of McCain) are already being held in places like Florida. As I said in my earlier piece, what started out as the "Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington" political narrative has now become "All About Eve" -- the rogue diva backstabbing the soon-to-be-washed-up old vet. Does McCain know he's been cast in the Bette Davis role?

Hang on, Republicans, it's gonna be a bumpy four years...

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