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Mountaintop

For fans of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Mountaintop is pretty much a must-see.

Zombieland: Double Tap

The vast majority of sequels are unnecessary, but Zombieland: Double Tap feels particularly so, especially coming out a decade after the original.

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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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Stranded

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

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

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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In a heartbeat: "28 Days Later" revisited

"28 Days Later" might be one of my favorite films. It's not as politically or satirically ambitious as George Romero's zombie pictures, but as a visionary piece of pure cinema—a film that, to paraphrase Roger, is more about how it's about things than what it's about—I think it's unbeatable. A classic.

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Pacific Rim

The robots-vs.-monsters adventure "Pacific Rim" knows what sort of film it wishes to be; it is that film, and so much more. Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi movie is being sold as an action epic, but its main virtues are beauty, sincerity and heart.

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