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Citizenfour

Though superlatives can mischaracterize any movie’s qualities, it is not an overstatement, I think, to call “Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras’ film about Edward Snowden, the movie…

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Private Violence

A look at the complexity of domestic violence, especially when it comes to the difficulty of prosecuting abusers in a court of law, "Private Violence"…

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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 Unloved, Part 8: "Pola X"

Scout Tafoya's video series "The UnlovedThe Unloved" digs deep this month with "Pola X," proving again that unloved films can come from all corners of the world and with all different budgets. While Tafoya has gone to bat for big-budget bombs like "John Carter" and "Ishtar" in the past, he now looks at a film from a beloved filmmaker that simply didn't get the attention it deserved. Critics had fallen in love with "Lovers on the Bridge" and would again with "Holy Motors," but "Pola X" was largely dismissed on release. Scout Tafoya argues against that dismissal.

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