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Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour stands apart from more routine historical dramas.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

Not particularly keen on nuance or subtlety, this is a film in which everything, especially Stevens’ decidedly manic take on Dickens, is pitched as broadly…

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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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Prince Avalanche

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In this quiet, gentle drama from director David Gordon Green, a man and his brother-in-law (Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsche) repair stretches of highway damaged by wildfire, avoiding and then confronting family secrets and their own deepest fears.

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Frankenstein's Army

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"Frankenstein's Army" is no perfect beast. This horror feature from director Richard Raaphorst and writer Chris Mitchell has all the hallmarks of what I call a "reel" film. By that I mean it's a feature length production demo with sets, characters and a story of sorts.

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Stranded

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Christian Slater stars in the fourteen millionth low-budget cousin of the original "Alien." Impressive atmosphere on a low budget, but some characterization would have been nice.

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Ailing 'Simpsons' co-creator to give away fortune; 'Fruitvale Station' and Trayvon Martin; how comic-book movies make movies irrelevant; correlating violence to hairstyle on 'Breaking Bad.'"

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Copperhead

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The Civil War drama "Copperhead," about a pacifist (Billy Campbell) who thinks the war's not worth the pain it's causing the country, is earnest and noble, and tells such an unusual story that one wishes it were a better movie.

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Turbo

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This DreamWorks animated picture has an appealingly bizarre premise—a racecar-crazy snail (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) dreams of competing in the Indianapolis 500—and its sense of humor is so odd that at times you wonder if the movie is sending up the cliches that it wouldn't exist without.

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