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McQueen’s masterful film is the kind that works on multiple levels simultaneously—as pure pulp entertainment but also as a commentary on how often it feels…

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The Girl in the Spider's Web

The cinematic equivalent of a clip-on version of the nose ring that its central character famously sports throughout—a simulacrum that tries to evoke the edge…

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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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My clear and true compass

From Bud Kroll, Scarsdale, NY:

While my first and most important thought for the past few weeks has been to wish you well in your recovery, I must confess that a bit of selfishness did peek through. Your absence reminded me of what a singular and irreplaceable force you are as a clear and true compass of film. Over the years I have flirted with many, but only you have my 100% “always on target” ability to help me pick the films I need to see. We don’t always agree, but over the years I have figured out how to read into your reviews to find where our tastes diverge. You are a phenomenal resource for us all. Please be healthy, and happy, and continue to help us thread through the minefield of film.

With great appreciation and best wishes for a full recovery

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