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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Despite the theoretical appeal of seeing these veterans share the screen once more and the colorful costumes and images from the film’s Indian locations, the…

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Maps to the Stars

David Cronenberg's film of Bruce Wagner's Hollywood satire-nightmare turns ludicrous situations into operatic tragedy.

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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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jim's ten best favorite movies of 2008: the movie

The best of 2008 in just under 8 minutes. Watch the movie, identify the images (all titles listed at the end). Some last only a few seconds, some for a minute or so. Coming soon: Shot-by-shot commentary (or, why I chose these particular shots for my tribute to the year's best favoritest.). And, of course, the second annual Exploding Head Awards!

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UPDATE: Here's the list of titles -- with genre assignments and home video availability:

1. "In Bruges" (comedy, gangster; on DVD) 2. "The Edge of Heaven" (multi-narrative drama; on DVD) 3. "A Christmas Tale" (comedy, family) 4. "Pineapple Express" (comedy, stoner/bromantic, crime, action, Ninja; on DVD/Blu-ray Jan. 6, 2009) 5. "Wendy and Lucy" (heartbreaker) 6. "Let the Right One In" (comedy, tweener love story, horror) 7. "Still Life" (comedy, romantic/industrial; on DVD) 8. "Chop Shop" (docudrama; on DVD) 9. "Shotgun Stories" (Southern Gothic; on DVD) 10. "The Fall" (comedy, Western/Eastern fantasy adventure; on DVD/Blu-ray) 11. "Che" (instructional documentary, with re-enactments)

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