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The 25 Best Independent / International Films of 2010

Journey back to 2010 to experience the best independent and international films from a time when our biggest worries involved "wars on terror". These films are highlighted by a host of superb documentaries, a stellar film from China, and one of the finest works of "hillbilly noir" ever.

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Leos Carax, Michel Gondry, and Bong Joon Ho's Tôkyô (Blu-ray)

Some consider Leos Carax, Michel Gondry, and Bong Joon Ho's Tôkyô a callous critical evaluation. In truth, it's a luxuriant love letter.

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Leos Carax, Michel Gondry, and Bong Joon Ho's Tôkyô!

Taken together, the three movies in Leos Carax, Michel Gondry, and Bong Joon Ho's Tôkyô! create a frightful, smart, and lingering impression.

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Be Kind Rewind

Uneven and a little muddled, Be Kind Rewind might be a prime candidate for the very fan remixing it portrays.

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Various Artists: Be Kind Rewind

Sprawling, breezy lite-funk mixed with classics by Billy Preston and Booker T. & the MGs. Definitely worth rewinding.

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Be Kind Rewind

A set of relationships -- father and son, past and present, fiction and something like history -- forms the foundation of Be Kind Rewind, another gently antic film by Michel Gondry.

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Short Ends & Leader Recent Highlights

Day in and day out, SE&L offers up insightful and in-depth film criticism, covering a wide range of cinematic issues from the historical to the front page entertainment headlines. Here are some recent highlights...

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The Science of Sleep (La Science des rêves) (2006)

This film revels in blurriness; not just in the line between director and fictional character, but between people, languages, and of course, between sleeping and waking, between living and dreaming.

Jesse Hassenger
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The Science of Sleep (La Science des rêves) (2006)

Written and directed by the ever inventive Michel Gondry, The Science of Sleep is a gorgeous, weird, mesmeric movie, with adorable animated reveries to represent Stéphane's subjective state.

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Dave Chappelles Block Party (2006)

Block Party sustains a balance between good-natured light-heartedness social commentary.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

At once abstract and heartfelt, sincere and weirdly charming, the film unhinges conventions of linear narrative along with romantic comedy.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Human Nature (2002)

Human Nature is largely a study of the fine line between being innovative and being asinine.

Kevin Devine

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