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The new ‘Oldboy’ goes its own way

I suppose it makes sense from a marketing mind-set that Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” is sneaking into town without benefit of screenings for all but mainstream outlets. Since the film’s a “reinterpretation” of a 2003 South Korean film of the same name by the highly regarded Park Chan-wook — a surreally chilly masterpiece of crime and extreme vengeance — the thinking must be that the cultier critics who most value Park’s gifts will reject the new film out of hand.

Whether that thinking’s correct is beside the point. Lee’s “Oldboy” stands on its own. It just stands a bit shorter.

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