Does a good movie require a good plot?

January 9, 2015 5:53 PM

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I love a good story as much as you do. While the primacy of storytelling in our lives doesn't explain the popularity of "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the allure of straightforward, absorbing narrative in any medium remains as important as ever, especially given how much in our popular culture carves up our empathy, our curiosity and our attention spans into smaller and smaller pieces.

Several colleagues have mentioned their experience of seeing "Boyhood" and the restless, itchy reactions of various loved ones (spouses, children) to writer-director Richard Linklater's film. Too much life, not enough plot, some say, which may be a code phrase for a more interesting reaction - just ...

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