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Focus

Like Ficarra and Requa’s 2011 comedy Crazy Stupid Love, Focus begins promisingly and bops along enjoyably for a while, only to run out of steam…

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Maps to the Stars

David Cronenberg's film of Bruce Wagner's Hollywood satire-nightmare turns ludicrous situations into operatic tragedy.

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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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Jupiter Ascending

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In the space opera Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis bring their trademark mix of bombastic metaphors and disarming sincerity, but the story, performances and look of the film are too played out to have an impact.

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The Unloved, Part Fourteen: "Joe Vs. the Volcano"

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Scout Tafoya's series on overlooked or under appreciated films continues with screenwriter John Patrick Shanley's debut feature, a comedy starring Tom Hanks as a put-upon factory worker and Meg Ryan in three roles as three different muses.

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Human Capital

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Essentially "American Beauty, Italian Style," but with a scrambled timeline, this ensemble piece about troubled upper-middle class strivers is slick, confident and rather empty.

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