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The Dead Don't Die

A leisurely film about the end of the world, with flesh-eating and lots of jokes and a few moments of eerie beauty.

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Kwik Stop

Kwik Stop, which never quite gets out of town, blindsides us with unexpected humor and sadness, and is one of the unsung treasures of recent…

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A Woman Under the Influence

This review was originally published on January 14, 1988 and is being republished for Roger's birthday.John Cassavetes is one of the few modern directors whose…

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'Eight Below' and canine emotions

From: Prassede Calabi, PhD, animal behavior, Winchester MA

While I understand Ebert saying [in his review of "Eight Below"] he doesn't "want to know about it" if dogs don't "think, worry and yearn, and love, too" - - please note, they do.

But like dogs, not like humans. That is, they are likely to eat a dead compadre; they can hunt cooperatively but not like a football formation sent out by the 'quarterback' lead dog Maya; they will share food but not likely give gifts to the dying; and so on.

This film is about dog training more than anything else, and fine training, too. But the film misses a huge opportunity, as you note, to show animals as they are and to let animals be.

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"March of the Penguins" succeeds well, despite inaccurate voiceover. The situation is ecologically accurate, the animal behavior is about what it seems to be about (about survival, unaltered by humans), and still people love the film big.

Sadly, neither the situation nor the behavior of the dogs is about what it pretends to be about. And I wish there was a disclaimer, as the second Disney Dalmatians film had, about dalmatians: huskies are highly unsuitable as housepets; they aren't nearly so cute in real life, either.

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