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Wildlife

One never senses judgment from Dano, Kazan, Gyllenhaal, or Mulligan—they recognize that there’s beauty even in the mistakes we make in life. It’s what makes…

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Halloween

Do you know the biggest sin of the new Halloween? It’s just not scary. And that’s one thing you could never say about the original.

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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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I need counseling over grief counseling

From George Rieger:

I have always respected your writing, but was disappointed with your comments about grief counseling in your review of "Hesher." My wife is a grief counselor, having worked at a hospice for 11 years. She has a gift of being able to come into strangers lives at the most difficult times and offer them support, guidance, and relief.

Often, it is difficult to seek comfort from those with whom you are the closest; they may be struggling with the same loss. If you have discouraged one person from accepting, or seeking help, you have done a disservice. And consider that grief is about all loss, not necessarily that of the death of someone close.

I hope you reconsider your judgement of grief counseling.

Ebert: I was much too hasty, and regret it.

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