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Transcendence

"Transcendence" is a serious science fiction movie filled with big ideas and powerful images, but it never quite coheres, and the end is a copout.

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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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24 Exposures

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The latest from prolific independent film director Joe Swanberg ("Hannah Takes the Stairs," "Uncle Kent") is a meandering, theoretical exercise about a crime scene photographer who stages grotesque art photos of women that make them look like murder victims. The movie clearly has something to say, but what?

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Enemies Closer

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This action thriller about two former soldiers (Orlando Jones and Tom Everett Scott) teaming up to battle a wraithlike drug dealer (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a mostly serviceable action film, mainly worth seeing for its villainous star turn.

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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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