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RAISED IN FEAR: NIGHT OF THE HUNTER and the Horrors of Childhood

The most harrowing film ever made about childhood opens with a lullaby that is anything but soothing: “The hunter in the night / Fills your childish heart with fright / Fear is only a dream / So dream, little one, dream.”
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • May 31, 2013 8:45 AM
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CANNES 2013: Images, Part III

Crazy weather, lost luggage, a Final Destination-like near death experience, rampant larceny; Cannes 2013 was certainly a wild ride. Looking back over the last two weeks I can’t help but think this year’s festival will go down as one of the strangest ever. And I mean that in the best possible sense.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 29, 2013 8:25 PM
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RAISED IN FEAR: Who Can Kill a Child?

Who Can Kill a Child (1976) is a relatively obscure Spanish horror film directed by Narcisco Ibanez Serrador, but it should be much better known, and not only by people like me, sick of having to pretend to be awed by how wonderful children are.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • May 28, 2013 11:11 AM
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CANNES 2013: James Gray's THE IMMIGRANT

Few films have captured the level of complex pragmatism it must take for a desperate person to survive in a completely new place with no support or ideological context. James Gray’s arresting period-piece melodrama "The Immigrant" achieves this feat.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 24, 2013 10:36 PM
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CANNES 2013: Nicholas Winding Refn's ONLY GOD FORGIVES

In Nicolas Winding Refn’s "Only God Forgives," to witness God is to experience the devil.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 22, 2013 4:02 PM
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CANNES 2013: Images: Part 2

After nearly four straight days of rain, sunshine has finally graced the Croissette. It’s glorious. Wardrobes have gotten significantly skimpier and smiles have broadened greatly, and everyone at Cannes seems to be settling in.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 21, 2013 1:44 PM
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CANNES 2013: Joel and Ethan Coen's INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Plenty of films exist about struggling young artists trying to be great and failing in the process. But Joel and Ethan Coen’s "Inside Llewyn Davis" is unique in focusing on a great struggling young artist resigned to the idea of his own impending failure.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 19, 2013 3:20 PM
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CANNES 2013: Images, Part 1

Thick grey clouds paint the coastal horizon, and rain keeps falling. Massive yachts bob up and down in the choppy water while scattering festival attendees take cover under umbrella canopies.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 18, 2013 7:39 PM
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CANNES 2013: Jia Zhang-ke's A TOUCH OF SIN

Jia Zhang-ke sees modern day China as an expansive minefield of potential narratives, each one ready to trigger its own perspective on the countless institutional and societal issues that ultimately impact identity, gender roles, and economic expansion.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 17, 2013 12:04 PM
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On an Animation of a Sentence by Nathan Englander

It seems to me there are several different things going on in Drew Christie's animation of a sentence from the Nathan Englander story “The Reader.”
  • By Max Winter
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  • May 13, 2013 8:46 AM
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