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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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The Unloved, Part 1: ALIEN 3

The first in a monthly series of video essays about unloved films, Scout Tafoya's video essay is an appreciation of Alien 3, the debut feature by David Fincher.

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Black Nativity

Earnest, square and proudly evangelical, "Black Nativity" is so unusual in concept and execution that its many rough aspects are easy to forgive.

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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.