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Life Itself loads up plot line on top of plot line to imitate emotional depth, and that kind of narrative manipulation doesn’t work for everyone.

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"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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#320 January 23, 2018

Matt writes: The 2018 Sundance Film Festival is currently in full swing, and RogerEbert.com is there to review the highlights, with coverage headed by Managing Editor Brian Tallerico and Assistant Editor Nick Allen. Our site's publisher, Chaz Ebert, is serving on this year's documentary jury, alongside Oscar-winning documentarian Ezra Edelman ("O.J.: Made in America"). Make sure to check out reviews of much-anticipated titles such as Boots Riley's "Sorry to Bother You" (pictured below) and Panos Cosmatos' "Mandy."

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#319 January 9, 2018

Matt writes: Kick off 2018 with RogerEbert.com's compilation of interview highlights from 2017, featuring several of this year's awards season frontrunners, including "Darkest Hour" star Gary Oldman and "Lady Bird" writer/director Greta Gerwig. It also features conversations with artists sorely deserving of more Oscar buzz, such as "Mudbound" director Dee Rees and "The Big Sick" co-writer/star Kumail Nanjiani.

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#314 October 31, 2017

Matt writes: With so many potential Oscar contenders vying for one's attention this season, I'd like to take a moment and recommend one that I absolutely loved. It is "Novitiate," a brilliantly acted and provocative drama written and directed by Margaret Betts. It revolves around a group of young women training to be nuns while under the strict guidance of their Reverend Mother (played by Melissa Leo in an Oscar-worthy performance). The ensemble includes some of the finest emerging talent in modern cinema, including Margaret Qualley, Liana Liberato, Morgan Saylor and Maddie Hasson. The film is currently in limited release and should definitely be sought out.

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