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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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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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Dodgers owner wants to buy Los Angeles Times & Chicago Tribune; HuffPo to ban anonymous comments; how NetFlix killed the watercooler moment; how Cracked Magazine reinvented itself; guys with fancy lady hair.

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What Antoinette Tuff's courage and compassion teaches us; James Cameron says all 3D is inevitable; Peter Jackson may direct a "Dr. Who" episode; the Hollywood feminism of "Tootsie"; a film about the 2011 Chile student riots; introducing Chelsea Manning; real film radicals.

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Disney tries to win over gamers; Syria's fog of chemical war; a Bechdel Test for LGBT characters; the series HBO was considering over "The Sopranos"; Wallace Stroby on Elmore Leonard's legacy.

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Why you should always go to the funeral; six reasons why DVDs will survive; a 40th anniversary celebration of "Super Fly"; Dr. StrangeCinema's indictment of Spike Lee's Kickstarter campaign; on Buzzfeed's fatuous lists; Saul Bass' legendary movie posters; Siskel and Ebert's 1990 special about the "Future of the Movies."

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R.I.P, Elmore Leonard and Albert Murray; Pakistani ex-President Pervez Musharraf charged in Benazir Bhutto's assassination, pleads not guilty; "The Lost Weekend"—the book—revisited; how the violence in Kick-Ass challenged comic book movies; what Quentin Tarantino learned from Elmore Leonard.

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How U.S. hopes for a deal in Egypt were undercut; the "strained pulp" debate; a horror movie enthusiast defends "Notting Hill"; "Deadwood's" Jim Beaver on a favorite episode; a case for abolishing tipping.

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Director John Greyson ("Patient Zero") arrested in Cairo; novelist John Niven writes about his brother's suicide; David Kalat and David Ehrenstein reconsider Disney's SONG OF THE SOUTH; top 10 movies about technology; how soon is too soon for artist's to re-create real-life political violence in entertainment? Will success spoil Rose Byrne? Why is your posture so terrible? Why all the question marks? Click the link.

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Hating "strong female characters"; the casual racism of "Orange is the New Black"; Linda Lovelace is not a porn star; why the Russian Olympics boycott won't help gays; inside the Texas tradition of enormous homecoming corsages; Donald Glover's new art film; Hal Hartley's must-see moments

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A TIFF strike is narrowly avoided; Russell Simmons' highly offensive "Harriet Tubman sex tape"; Christina Yang as a groundbreaking TV character; novelist Francine Prose is no fan of "Blue Jasmine"; why audiences rate films so much higher than critics do.

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