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Magic Mike XXL

"Magic Mike XXL" is about as close to experimental as pure entertainment can get.

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Into the Grizzly Maze

Into the Grizzly Maze is so grating in its retrograde chest-thumping that it might as well be sponsored by so-called Men's Rights activists.

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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: The End... or Only The Beginning?

I hear a worldwide sigh of relief. This is just the beginning. We need to put the eight-year nightmare behind us and get some real healing done. But, you know, the truth is healing, and so is laughter. So, one more for the road...

(tip: Andrew Sullivan)

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