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Beanpole

Kantemir Balagov has the confidence to tell his story chiefly through the faces of his characters as well as their placement in the frame, thereby…

Wendy

Like listening to someone else tell you about their dream.

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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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Out of the Furnace

"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

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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At Berkeley

A typically massive, obliquely structured documentary from Frederick Wiseman explores the present and future of the University of California at Berkeley during a time of budget cuts and civil unrest. A classic of its type.

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Go for Sisters

In this laid-back, character-driven thriller, two childhood friends, one a parole officer and the other a petty criminal turned recovering addict, who team up to solve a mystery with help from a retired border cop.

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Last Vegas

If you saw "The Hangover" and thought, "I would enjoy this movie more if nothing of consequence happened, and it were clean enough to show in a retirement community," then "Last Vegas" is made for your needs. It's ninety minutes of scenery with a few likable moments, starring actors you like.

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