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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…

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Like listening to someone else tell you about their dream.

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"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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Catchiest movie theme music of 2009

The opening credits sequence of "An Education" doesn't seem fully developed to me, but the music -- Floyd Cramer's 1961 Nashville slip-note piano classic, "On the Rebound" -- had me coasting on an endorphin high for half the movie. Here's Cramer performing it on live TV with Chet Atkins in 1965, followed by a couple other toe-tappin' numbers...

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