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Beauty and the Beast

A sturdy and frequently dazzling version that should leave audiences swooning with delight.

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The Age of Shadows

At 140 minutes, Kim sometimes loses the rhythm of his spy thriller, but he's such a confident filmmaker—and his leading man such a magnetic presence—that…

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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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Catchiest movie theme music of 2009

The opening credits sequence of "An Education" doesn't seem fully developed to me, but the music -- Floyd Cramer's 1961 Nashville slip-note piano classic, "On the Rebound" -- had me coasting on an endorphin high for half the movie. Here's Cramer performing it on live TV with Chet Atkins in 1965, followed by a couple other toe-tappin' numbers...

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