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At its best, Blaze feels like a cinematic translation of not just Blaze Foley’s life but his music, anchored by two incredibly likable, lived-in performances.

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Minding the Gap

It would be impressive even without the palpable sense of connection and understanding that Liu brings to the material, but its easygoing intimacy is what…

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"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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Crash!

Sorry about the scarcity of posts in the last few days. I've been very, very busy catching up with year-end movies for ten-best list considerations. Then my PowerBook slowed to a crawl and went... bits up -- just as I was in the middle of writing a review for the Sun-Times. As the guy at the Apple Genius Bar delivered the diagnosis today: "Fatal hard drive error." I don't even want to think about how many frame grabs for future Opening Shots were on that drive.

Anyway, I hope to be back up and running soon.

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