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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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Oldboy

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This American version of Park Chan-Wook's Korean thriller is Spike Lee's most exciting movie since "Inside Man"—not a masterpiece by any stretch, but a lively commercial genre picture with a hypnotic, obsessive quality, and an utter indifference to being liked, much less approved of.

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At Berkeley

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A typically massive, obliquely structured documentary from Frederick Wiseman explores the present and future of the University of California at Berkeley during a time of budget cuts and civil unrest. A classic of its type.

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Go for Sisters

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In this laid-back, character-driven thriller, two childhood friends, one a parole officer and the other a petty criminal turned recovering addict, who team up to solve a mystery with help from a retired border cop.

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Last Vegas

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If you saw "The Hangover" and thought, "I would enjoy this movie more if nothing of consequence happened, and it were clean enough to show in a retirement community," then "Last Vegas" is made for your needs. It's ninety minutes of scenery with a few likable moments, starring actors you like.

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