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Wormwood

A fascinating piece of filmmaking that challenges the form in new ways as it recalls themes its director has been interested in his entire career.

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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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The Selfish Giant

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This devastating film follows the lives of two poor boys in West Yorkshire who start collecting scrap to help their families and end up crossing paths with a Fagin-like scrapyard owner. Poetic but tough; a tragedy.

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Out of the Furnace

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"Out of the Furnace," about two suffering brothers (Christian Bale and Casey Affleck) in Pennsylvania steel country. hits some of the same notes as "The Deer Hunter" and Bruce Springsteen's early albums, but doesn't seem to have any idea what, exactly, it wants to say, or be.

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Oldboy

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This American version of Park Chan-Wook's Korean thriller is Spike Lee's most exciting movie since "Inside Man"—not a masterpiece by any stretch, but a lively commercial genre picture with a hypnotic, obsessive quality, and an utter indifference to being liked, much less approved of.

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