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Letters to the Arts Editor

The value of a critic’s tip

Ty Burr, the Boston Globe movie critic, is occasionally harsh and always demanding. Sometimes I agree and often I do not. But he really nailed it in his early July review of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” a wonderful, mythic film from first-time filmmakers (“ ‘Wild’ child,” g, July 6). Here is what he said: “They’re working at something harder and more holy: the poetry of existence burned directly onto film. To come from the summer’s dull superhero juggernauts into this movie is to rediscover the creative fires of youth and the passion of people truly alive to what they see.”

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