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Monster Hunt 2

A small, but noteworthy amount of charm sets this disposable bauble apart from other films that came before it.

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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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Gravity

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Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity," about astronauts coping with disaster, is a huge and technically dazzling film. But for all its stunning exteriors, it's mainly about what happens to the body and mind after catastrophe, and the moment when people decide to keep going or give up.

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9/19/2013

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Why "Breaking Bad" viewers whitewash Walter White; Pandora just got worse for musicians; U.S. home care aides to be covered by labor laws; N.J.'s ban on self-serve gasoline; the world's first invisible tower; James Franco on all book covers.

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Newlyweeds

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This indie drama about a couple of Brooklyn stoners is less a story than a bunch of ideas or sketches on a theme, but writer-director Shaka King and his cast hold the viewer's attention through a combination of high spirits (pun intended) and phenomenal visual confidence. As a movie, it's iffy, but as a promise of things to come, it's worth seeing.

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Blue Caprice

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"Blue Caprice" gives serial killers the Sundance-style artfilm treatment. Directed by Alexandre Moors, it's a muted thriller based loosely on the so-called Beltway snipers, who terrorized the Washington, D.C. area and parts of Virginia for weeks in 2002. This is an intelligent and ambitious feature, but if Netflix had an "overthinking" it section, "Blue Caprice" would definitely qualify.

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Our Nixon

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Treating never-before seen home movies by Nixon White House insiders as a visual spine for its tale, "Our Nixon" is an impressionistic account of the first American presidential administration to collapse in scandal.

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