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Trial by Fire

The film plods at points, trudging along, and there are a few misguided narrative "devices" tacked on, but still, "Trial by Fire" bristles with anger.

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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

A work of pop cinema so blissfully, albeit brutally, entertaining that you come out of it feeling even more resentful of its multiplex neighbors for…

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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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