Wily Lurchers

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The zombies in the South African–set ‘The Dead’ are smarter than most movie monsters

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Portugal. The Movie

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Raoul Ruiz’s final film—Mysteries of Lisbon—is a masterpiece of historical time travel.  

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt struggles to survive Seth Rogen in ‘50/50’

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Numbers Game

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In ‘Moneyball,’ Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, the man who brought sabermetrics to the Oakland A's

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Alain Corneau's Love Crimes, the French director’s last film (he died a year ago), starts with the same kind of sturdy dramaturgy that begins lesbian erotica.

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On the Road

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Ryan Gosling’s taciturn getaway driver makes left turns cool in ‘Drive’

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DVDs: Deep Welles

A new three-disc set celebrates the 70th anniversary of ‘Citizen Kane’

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Seedy Roam

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‘Brighton Rock,’ adapted from the 1938 Graham Greene novel, has a poetic subject for the camera. It doesn’t disappoint on the level of poetry, but the literalness is hard to credit.

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Boxed In

Two brothers square off in ‘Warrior,’ while Nick Nolte trains by devouring whole hams

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Josiane belasko brings a dose of charisma to the new French feature 'The Hedgehog'

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Speed Merchant

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A new documentary burnishes the already shiny reputation of Brazilian racing hero Ayrton Senna

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Fast and Befuddled

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'Bellflower' charts the meandering course of new gearheads in Los Angeles

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Annual Bliss

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Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturges see their future together in one-year increments in 'One Day.'

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Forgotten War

John Sayles’s 'Amigo' shows how foreign wars against insurgents can go wrong time and again

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The Prisoner of Baghdad

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Lee Tamahori’s ‘The Devil’s Double’ examines the horror show that was Saddam’s Iraq  

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The Maids

Screen adaptation of bestselling novel ‘The Help’ looks at race relations in ’60s South  

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Romping Room

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France is a hotbed of cheerful sexual politics in Michel Leclerc’s ‘The Names of Love.’

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Sita’s Side

Nina Paley’s animated film ‘Sita Sings the Blues’ gives a new twist to the Ramayana.

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Dictates of class and wealth undercut the usual procedural morality of a kidnapping tale in ‘Rapt’

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The Yiddish Twain

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The documentary ‘Sholom Alice: Laughing in the Darkness’ is the standout feature at the South Bay wing of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

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