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Men, Women & Children

A potentially interesting premise is handled so badly that what might have been a provocative drama quickly and irrevocably devolves into the technological equivalent of…

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The Boxtrolls

"The Boxtrolls" is a beautiful example of the potential in LAIKA's stop-motion approach, and the images onscreen are tactile and layered. But, as always, it's…

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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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24 Exposures

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The latest from prolific independent film director Joe Swanberg ("Hannah Takes the Stairs," "Uncle Kent") is a meandering, theoretical exercise about a crime scene photographer who stages grotesque art photos of women that make them look like murder victims. The movie clearly has something to say, but what?

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Enemies Closer

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This action thriller about two former soldiers (Orlando Jones and Tom Everett Scott) teaming up to battle a wraithlike drug dealer (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a mostly serviceable action film, mainly worth seeing for its villainous star turn.

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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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