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The November Man

In this excitingly nasty but ultimately confused action picture, Pierce Brosnan plays a retired government hitman drawn out of retirement to untangle a global political…

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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 Grand Seduction

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Contrived and formulaic but also sweet and brilliantly acted, "The Grand Seduction" is a comedy in the tradition of "The Full Monty" and "Billy Elliott," about a dying Newfoundland fishing town hatching in a complex deception to lure a petroleum plant.

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Maleficent

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This revision of "Sleeping Beauty" is clumsily directed, and the effects and backdrops are CGI soup, but there are also images of primordial power, and Angelina Jolie is haunting.

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