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Ribald and irreverent, 'The Little Hours' has nothing to recommend it

Ribald and irreverent, 'The Little Hours' has nothing to recommend it

"The Little Hours" is a comedy by writer/director Jeff Baena that premiered in January at Sundance. It's based on a couple of novellas from Giovanni Boccaccio's 14th century The Decameron. He uses what we now call the "frame story" formula; the stories are set during the Black Death, when seven young women and three young men flee the plague and find shelter in a castle for two weeks and tell stories to keep themselves amused. The stories are varied: there are practic...
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Smurfs The Lost Village - What's in a name?

Smurfs The Lost Village - What's in a name?

There are spoilers here but I am assuming you are older than seven if you are reading this and won't mind or care. Besides if I can't write about the whole movie this would be a really, really short review.If the spoilers really matter to you, please stop reading now.Everything is going well in Smurf Village, where the all-male, blue Smurfkind folk live together in harmony in a village under the leadership of the overprotective Papa Smurf (Mandy Patinkin) and alongside the only girl Smur...
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Scorsese's "Silence" is his most Catholic film

Scorsese's "Silence" is his most Catholic film

Shûsaku Endô (1923-1996) was a Japanese Catholic novelist whose extensive writings probed the conflicts and paradoxes of faith. He was born in Tokyo, lived in Manchuria, then returned to Japan and was baptized at about the age of 11. After university, he married, had a son and lived in France. The novelist Graham Greene, with whom Endo has often been compared, said he was "one of the finest living novelists" of his time.In 1966, Endô published Silence (Chinmoku), a wo...
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Birth of a Nation - Deserving of Conversation

Birth of a Nation - Deserving of Conversation

"Birth of a Nation" is the dramatic story of Nat Turner, a slave who led a rebellion in Southampton County, Va., in 1831. The film is not a remake of the controversial 1915 silent film by D.W. Griffith, but reusing the same title is a powerful reminder of the role the institution of the slave trade and slavery played in the founding of the United States.
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"Sully" renews faith in humanity

"Sully" renews faith in humanity

The story of US Airways flight 1549, landed by Captain Sullenberger on the Hudson River in 2009 seems straightforward, and it is. Director Clint Eastwood has intuited that the power of the story of a man's character over that of an airplane crash might make a better movie, and for my money, it does. But put them together and you get a hero's story of epic proportions.
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