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The Hitman's Bodyguard

While no one is going to mistake The Hitman’s Bodyguard for high art, it will please those in the mood for late-summer fun.

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Patti Cake$

The sense of place and uniformly superb performances make it worth seeing, and maybe ultimately singing along with.

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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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Reminder: Contrarianism Blog-a-Thon next week!

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It's a jolly horrorshow with Mary.

Just a reminder that I'm hosting the Contrarianism Blog-a-Thon next weekend, Feb. 16 -18. Got some contrarian thoughts you'd like to share? A film theory that goes against the grain? A despised movie that, upon reevaluation, deserves respect and admiration? A "masterpiece" that only you recognize as disingenuous hack work that is bad for children and other living things? We're here to listen, and to learn. Please let us know about it. Send me your links at the e-mail address above when the time comes...

Meanwhile, in anticipation of the Contrarianism Blog-a-Thon, Dennis Cozzalio at Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule has posted a, um, "depreciation" of Julie Andrews' Mary Poppins. Just a spoonful of castor oil to help the sugar go down...

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