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A small, but noteworthy amount of charm sets this disposable bauble apart from other films that came before it.

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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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American Horror: On Criterion’s “Night of the Living Dead” and “The Silence of the Lambs”

On two excellent Criterion releases of classic horror films.

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Chinese New Year: Man's Best Friend

An article commemorating the 2018 Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog.

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Home Entertainment Consumer Guide: February 15, 2017

The latest on Blu-ray and DVD, including Wonder, Only the Brave, Roman J. Israel, The Ballad of Lefty Brown, and Walking Out.

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Sundance Provides Platform For Black Filmmakers

A video essay on black voices at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Interview: Chicago Filmmaker Michael Glover Smith on “Mercury in Retrograde”

An interview with Chicago filmmaker Michael Glover Smith.

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Sweet, Sensitive “Everything Sucks!” Premieres on Netflix

A review of the newest Netflix series, a teen dramedy called "Everything Sucks!"

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Oxford Film Festival 2018 Highlights: Community and Compassion

Highlights from the 2018 Oxford Film Festival.

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"Star Trek: Discovery" Returns to Series' Musical Roots

A look at the use of music in the Star Trek series and how the season finale of Discovery recalled its legacy.

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We Hung Onto It: Ryan Coogler on "Black Panther"

The director and co-writer of "Black Panther" talks about making his historic Marvel film.

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Clint Eastwood's Accidental Heroes

Perhaps Eastwood isn’t just interrogating heroism, he’s interrogating himself.

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Berlin 2018: "Tower. A Bright Day."

There’s a fierce, pagan-like energy to this movie, and a fantastic precision to this young woman’s writing/directing talent.

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Bright Wall/Dark Room: "Stigma & Myth in Belle Rive" by Paul Fischer

This month's excerpt from online magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room is an essay by Paul Fischer about "A Streetcar Named Desire."