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Cartel Land

The film provides a fascinating, on-the-ground account of people struggling with situations that range from challenging to horrific.

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Stray Dog

"Stray Dog" largely succeeds because Granik's technique complements her subject. Both he and the film are modest in their goals and cherish the value of…

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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The gayness helped

From: Ed Bagley, Scottsdale, AZ

I’d go further and say the opposite of what "Brokeback Mountain"'s fans are claiming: that the gay thing did NOT keep if from getting best picture; in fact, the gay thing is likely what propelled it into the top five in the first place. It’s well-shot, well-acted, but a slow and plodding movie -- and not deserving of a best picture nomination on THAT basis. The gay thing, rather than being a limiting factor, very likely took the film farther than it deserved on its merits.

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