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Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)

“Bang and whimper all rolled up into one, Lars von Trier’s dolorous Melancholia gets a glorious Blu-ray transfer from Magnolia.” Read my review of Melancholia‘s Blu-ray release, out Tuesday, at Slant Magazine. Advertisements

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“Death in the Afternoon”: The Hit (Stephen Frears, 1984)

An unexpectedly unconventional  British gangster film, The Hit avoids for the most part any of the usual trappings of the genre–a penchant for brutal ultraviolence, for one–opting instead to present a thoughtful, even philosophical, character study. For one thing, anti-hero … Continue reading

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