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'Inside Llewyn Davis' Is Subdued But Undeniably Affecting

The Coens' Inside Llewyn Davis isn’t overwhelming at first glance, but it has a perfect, natural rhythm and flow that you don’t even notice how it sticks in your head.

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The Modernization of Japan, a Corrupt Military, and Lady Snowblood

More than just bloody revenge movies, a number of thematic strands and political critiques run beneath the pulp surface of these two Lady Snowblood films.

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Absent of Extras and High on Cheese, 'Thrashin'' Still Offers Nostalgic Pleasure

Before ubiquitous YouTube clips and easily accessible skate videos, Thrashin' was the film for our fix of handplants, bonelesses, crazy high judo airs, and the like.

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Whether you have a nostalgic connection to punk rock or just want to glimpse into a couple of under-examined subcultures, Penelope Spheeris' The Decline of Western Civilization is well worth adding to your collection.

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In 'The Boxtrolls', the Adult Authorities Are Corrupt

In the good-but-not-great Boxtrolls, it falls to the young characters to take care of business and save the day themselves.

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'Leviathan' Is a Schlocky Horror Take on Hitchcock

Leviathan plays like a cheap, schlocky, caffeine-hyped attempt at sci-fi Hitchcock, with a healthy dose of John Carpenter horror thrown in for good measure.

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'Scanners' Still Has the Power to Blow Your Mind

Three decades later, Scanners is still a head-popping good time.

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The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

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