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Bad Boys for Life

It is the best of the three films, offering in some odd ways a corrective to the prior installments.

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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 Grand Seduction

Contrived and formulaic but also sweet and brilliantly acted, "The Grand Seduction" is a comedy in the tradition of "The Full Monty" and "Billy Elliott," about a dying Newfoundland fishing town hatching in a complex deception to lure a petroleum plant.

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Maleficent

This revision of "Sleeping Beauty" is clumsily directed, and the effects and backdrops are CGI soup, but there are also images of primordial power, and Angelina Jolie is haunting.

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