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12 Strong

“Understated” isn’t a word you’d ordinarily use to describe a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but that’s surprisingly what 12 Strong ends up being.

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The Final Year

A documentary about the final year of foreign policy during the Obama administration, and incidentally about the grim surprises that life sometimes has in store…

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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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Siskel & Ebert fight over a toy train

I've never forgotten this show, but feared it was lost forever. Now it's turned up on YouTube. How well I remember the day we taped this special! I couldn't get anything to work. Maybe this is historical evidence of why I've never gotten along with video games. Gene Siskel's comic timing is flawless here, and I make a great Oliver Hardy. Stay tuned while we play "Wheel of Fortune" via low-tech VHS tape.

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