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How to Kill a Cliché: Celebrating Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard somehow managed to incorporate (and yes, transcend) virtually every cliché of Americana, distilling it into his own, unique persona.

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Days of Heaven

Malick puts the visual and aural emphasis on a vast, natural world that would be nothing more than a backdrop to the human story for most filmmakers, creating a breathtaking visual experience.

Brian Holcomb
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

By turns brutal and lyrical, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford considers Wild Western mythology and masculinity, violence and madness.

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The Return (2006)

Joanna's restlessness is pathological and symptomatic. "Sometimes," she says, "I think that if I keep moving forward, nothing bad will happen to me."

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Dont Come Knocking (2006)

A vivid, genuine exploration of a hell-raiser entering his twilight years apologetically and with an open heart.

Matt Mazur
Film

Days of Heaven (1978)

Terrence Malick's 1978 film leaves you with the ache of paradise briefly felt and then remembered.

Michael Buening
Film

Dont Come Knocking (2006)

The reunion of Wim Wenders and Sam Shepard, coming some 20 years after Paris, Texas, demonstrates both the change and sameness in their art.

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Stealth (2005)

Kara's a lovely, leggy, perfectly made-up figure whose primary purpose is to provide moral framing for the boys' brilliant strikes and calculations.

Cynthia Fuchs
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This So-Called Disaster (2004)

This So-Called Disaster is more impressionistic than comprehensive.

Samantha Bornemann
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Black Hawk Down: Superbit (2001)

Black Hawk Down illustrates well the absurdity and chaos of urban warfare: there's no ground to be won, no victory to be claimed.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

This So-Called Disaster (2004)

The real surprise is Sam Shepard's candor when recounting for Michael Almereyda the painful details of his father's deterioration.

Michael Healey
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Black Hawk Down (2001)

An action movie dressed up like an art film, 'Black Hawk Down' is not about betrayal or anger, but heroism and patriotic fervor.

Cynthia Fuchs

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