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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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A Field in England

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Ben Wheatley's historical drama "A Field in England," about a group of men wandering the countryside during the English civil war, is at once too little and too much. But this is to be expected from such a profoundly visceral movie.

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24 Exposures

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The latest from prolific independent film director Joe Swanberg ("Hannah Takes the Stairs," "Uncle Kent") is a meandering, theoretical exercise about a crime scene photographer who stages grotesque art photos of women that make them look like murder victims. The movie clearly has something to say, but what?

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Enemies Closer

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This action thriller about two former soldiers (Orlando Jones and Tom Everett Scott) teaming up to battle a wraithlike drug dealer (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a mostly serviceable action film, mainly worth seeing for its villainous star turn.

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