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Wormwood

A fascinating piece of filmmaking that challenges the form in new ways as it recalls themes its director has been interested in his entire career.

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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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Movie blogger calls 911 over cell phone use at Toronto Film Festival; what Harun Farocki taught; why TV is, if not wholly better than movies these days, then at least more compelling; stop it with the Oscar predictions, already, it's only September; no more open letters to Miley Cyrus, please, ladies; Batman rescues kitten from burning building; video for MGMT's third album.

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Why sequels never die; Harper Lee settles her lawsuit; a magazine for the working girl; end-of-life plans; a resurgence of New England's wildlife; Germany's Christian Democrats' unfortunate logo; "The Future With Love" trailer.

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When a rape joke snowballs into bullying; Batman's lesbian wedding 'prohibited' by DC Comics; what happened to The Onion; what the The Royal Tenenbaums means to a child of alcoholics; Fran Leibowitz is Fran Leibowitz.

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Triceratops never existed; Coppola and DePalma betwixt passions; 8 books every educated person should read; the Syrian rebel problem; The Last Temptation of Christ revisited; Herzog + Morris.

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What Dave Chappelle's walk-off says about the relationship between black entertainers and white audiences; Rising Sun revisited; the gender gap wage lie; nine things introverts do all the time, such as stalking Mark Ruffalo; those appliances you think are off might not be off; your neighborhood airport might be on the decline; a consideration of the selfie.

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The IRS recognizes gay marriage; the lost art of the movie poster; the racist underpinnings of Miley's VMA performance; Paramount's Blue-ray problem; cinematographer Gökhan Tiryaki speaks; dissecting a "Hannibal" scene; Errol Morris' new Donald Rumsfeld doc (gulp).

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Richard Linklater's long-gestating"Boyhood"; "Gravity" opens Venice Film Festival; how social media giants should police their sites; haters are gonna hate; life is meaningless in "The Canyons"; Obama's speech commemorating the March on Washington's 50th anniversary; a '70s Tom Waits documentary.

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China's military says "Pacific Rim" is American propaganda; the nudist colony member who just won't leave; a guide to Craigslist crime; remembering cinematographer Vadim Yusov; a case for the doofus Batman of yore; the 50th anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream Speech"; Park Chan-wook directs a music video.

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R. Crumb Illustrates the Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick; Hugh Laurie's Los Angeles; 15 Things You Absolutely Must Know About Social Media Or Your Face Will Melt Off and Get Eaten by Goats; the portraits of Julia Margaret Cameron; that Cylie Myrus girl rubbed against stuff on the teevee, we heard tell; Breaking Bad "Buried" analyzed in terms of light and shadow; Mercedes kills Hitler.

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The London Observer's film critic Philip French retires after 50 years; "Breaking Bad" costar Anna Gunn speculates on why people hate her character; rapper Talib Kweli on sexism, stand your ground laws, and homosexuality in hip-hop; the NYPD's own personal CIA; New York Times uses the f-word for the first time; montage of superheroes introducing themselves.

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