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Mr. Turner

Filmmaker Mike Leigh's biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call "austere"—which means it's slow and grim and deliberately hard to love—yet…

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Annie

The new version of "Annie" is fashionably artificial and not very well directed, but its unabashed good cheer is very welcome.

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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 9: "Transcendence"

Scout Tafoya's video series "The Unloved" has already reached into all corners of the cinematic room with pieces on well-known bombs like "Ishtar," recent disasters like "John Carter," and even auteur misfired like "Pola X." This month, Tafoya turns to a film that was just released on Blu-ray and DVD after a disappointing run in theaters earlier this year, Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence." Critics and audiences were brutal to the film in theaters. Now that it's available on the home market, Tafoya argues for a reappraisal.

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