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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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"Pulp Fiction" and the mythology of cool




In honor of the twentieth anniversary of "Pulp Fiction" premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, here's a video essay about Quentin Tarantino's cool characters, and how they mythologize themselves. I cowrote and edited this with my colleague Peter Labuza, a contributor to The Film Stage. The narrator is RogerEbert.com contributor Dave Bunting, Jr


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