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Dear White People

You could make a (film geek) party game out of guessing director Justin Simien's influences, but his vision seems to spring directly from what's up…

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Private Violence

A look at the complexity of domestic violence, especially when it comes to the difficulty of prosecuting abusers in a court of law, "Private Violence"…

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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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Divorce Corp

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Less a nuanced documentary than a cry of rage, this nonfiction film about the $50 million "divorce industry" will make an ideal gift for anyone who's recently been through an expensive split-up.

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Beyond Outrage

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Actor-filmmaker Takeshi Kitano's sequel to "Outrage" goes "Beyond" the original's violence. Unfortunately, early hints that the film will be an exceptionally bloody workplace satire don't pan out; its a fairly standard cross-doublecross gangster drama that aspires to be a Japanese "The Godfather, Part II" but suffers from a jumbled and perfunctory second half.

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