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Child 44

Child 44 is a fiasco by its own free will.

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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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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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Mr. Turner

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Filmmaker Mike Leigh's biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call "austere"—which means it's slow and grim and deliberately hard to love—yet it's fascinating, and the performances and photography are outstanding.

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