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A Letter to Momo

Even scenes that work, such as a climax on a rain-soaked bridge, feel like they could have been trimmed by a few hand-drawn frames. Maybe…

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Cannibal

Visually striking and confident but frustratingly hollow in terms of character and narrative.

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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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