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American Sniper

American Sniper proves the dictum “never count an auteur out” by proving itself as Eastwood’s strongest directorial effort since 2009's underrated Invictus pretty much right…

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The Interview

Opportunities at rich satire flatten out into Hangover dude-dope-doodoo jokes, where the premise is that there’s nothing funnier than watching over-privileged grown men act out…

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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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Inside the Kenyan mall massacre; the death toll of acetaminophen; that heartwarming story of the pastor who posed as a homeless man is a fake; one person who's really glad that Breaking Bad is ending; ten great movies set in museums.

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How popular culture lies about criminal justice; why Stephen Fry won't quit Twitter; sex addiction cinema; funerals for fallen robots; Gen Y has had just about enough of your lectures.

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Extraterrestrial life may really exist; House Republicans slash billions in food stamps; "Invisible Man" banned in North Carolina; an object of Internet ridicule speaks; Hollywood luminaries who got their start with Roger Corman.

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The sounds of 'Twin Peaks'; the case for Internet newsletters; Jonathan Franzen is very, very angry; rethinking headphones; an app for building a database of everyone's dreams.

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Mamet's screenwriting career, the hours after John F. Kennedy's assassination in detail, why creatives are good for the economy, how Facebook keeps you from quitting, the political economy of zombies.

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More debate about the future of U.S. healthcare reform; Twitch Film apologizes to director Sono Sion; friends don't let friends remake "Ben-Hur"; how television does better by women than movies do; deconstructing a "Carlito's Way" scene.

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The 1963 Birmingham bombing, observed; J.D. Salinger as seen by Joyce Maynard; Roman Polanski as seen by Samantha Geimer; the impossibility of ending a great TV drama; R.I.P. Mr. Dolby.

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The NSA plans to reopen the public vetting process for cybersecurity standards; "12 Years a Slave" and the dangers of early Oscar predictions; Disney's new app allows moviegoers to interact with movies while watching them (sigh); our computers are atrophying our brains; "Endless Love" author Scott Spencer on how his novel become a really bad movie (twice); the final moments of Winnie the Pooh; students demonstrate against random drug testing.

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How the NSA spies on smartphones; Netflix and Amazon are driving up video-streaming costs; why the American poor go without bank accounts; Laver's Law applied to film; rape as Hollywood plot device; Louis C.K. in the 90s.

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The "Enough Said" Cast Remembers James Gandolfini at TIFF; the best of film noir; why "men are the new women" is a big old myth; a LGBT journalist's campaign to out closeted Russian lawmakers; the wonders of "Wadja"; the fine line between porn and HBO.

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