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Dustin Putman, Film Critic
Opening This Week
Foxcatcher
3.5 Stars

Select Cities - With deliberate unease and an arresting visage of atmosphere, the film takes its time but is never left wanting for involvement. Tantalizing and disturbing in equal measure, "Foxcatcher" is a firecracker of a thriller about a perfect storm of events that led to an inexplicable tragedy.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
2.5 Stars

Nationwide - Captivating as both drama and allegory, and may even one-up the previous two entries in terms of its force of will and emotional complexity. At the center is the incomparable Jennifer Lawrence, performing her heart out while overcoming one of the most pitifully unconvincing wigs in recent memory.

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White Bird in a Blizzard
3 Stars

VOD & Select Cities - "White Bird in a Blizzard" lingers in the mind long past its conclusion, a coming-of-age mystery with a dynamic lead heroine and an oddness that never loses sight of its resonance. Some viewers may find the wrap-up abrupt or even pat, but its harsh yet thoughtful matter-of-factness is the reason it is so touching.

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Expanding This Week
The Babadook
3.5 Stars

Now on DIRECTV, In Select Cities & VOD 11/28 - Aussie writer-director Jennifer Kent's mesmerizing, disquieting, unexpected debut feature, "The Babadook," is a film that, like 1973's "The Exorcist," seems to have arrived fully formed as an instant classic. Urgent yet compassionate, unyielding as well as frostily whimsical, the film transforms again and again as it cackles in the face of expectations.

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
3.5 Stars

Select Cities - Acidic yet empathetic, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" rattles and provokes its viewers as more than a rather brilliant technical exercise. Destined to be voraciously talked about and studied for years to come. Perhaps it is imperfect, but it is also unmistakably great.

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Force Majeure
4 Stars

Select Cities - With all of the untainted resplendence of a travelogue and all of the cathartic emotional signification of human drama both high-powered and intimate, "Force Majeure" is an unsuspecting cinematic spectacle. A blistering, ultimately empathetic tour de force.

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Starry Eyes
3.5 Stars

VOD & Select Cities - It has often been said that Hollywood changes people. "Starry Eyes" disturbingly, unforgettably takes this adage to the literal brink, then pushes far beyond it for chillingly good measure.

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V/H/S: Viral
1.5 Stars

VOD & Select Cities - Third installment "V/H/S: Viral" features the same general format, but is such a jarring drop in quality that it plays more like a low-rent imitation from Asylum Entertainment. Were it not for an ingenious segment popping up right in the middle—Nacho Vigalondo's nightmarishly gutsy "Parallel Monsters"—this gravely inferior sequel would be all but entirely worthless.

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