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Fading Gigolo

An imperfect but inarguably original comedy from John Turturro and Woody Allen.

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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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Getaway

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The plot is nonsensical, the dialogue atrocious, the filmmaking mostly of-the-moment flashy, but the car chase thriller "Getaway" has a few great moments, and if there were an Oscar for wrecking police cars, it would definitely win.

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Prince Avalanche

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In this quiet, gentle drama from director David Gordon Green, a man and his brother-in-law (Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsche) repair stretches of highway damaged by wildfire, avoiding and then confronting family secrets and their own deepest fears.

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Frankenstein's Army

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"Frankenstein's Army" is no perfect beast. This horror feature from director Richard Raaphorst and writer Chris Mitchell has all the hallmarks of what I call a "reel" film. By that I mean it's a feature length production demo with sets, characters and a story of sorts.

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Stranded

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Christian Slater stars in the fourteen millionth low-budget cousin of the original "Alien." Impressive atmosphere on a low budget, but some characterization would have been nice.

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Ailing 'Simpsons' co-creator to give away fortune; 'Fruitvale Station' and Trayvon Martin; how comic-book movies make movies irrelevant; correlating violence to hairstyle on 'Breaking Bad.'"

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Copperhead

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The Civil War drama "Copperhead," about a pacifist (Billy Campbell) who thinks the war's not worth the pain it's causing the country, is earnest and noble, and tells such an unusual story that one wishes it were a better movie.

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