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  • Perhaps Ruben Östlund's most sophisticated thought experiment yet, the provocative and wise Force Majeure is a penetrating study of that most ludicrous of social pretenses — masculinity, toxic and ubiquitous. Östlund takes...

  • "I've spent my whole life playing it safe," whines Judd Altman (Jason Bateman), the middle-class milquetoast at the center of This Is Where I Leave You. Yes, well, so has director Shawn Levy, but on the basis of his latest vacuous trifle...

  • Suppose you are in high school, and your interest in movies has begun to run deeper than multiplex fare. You may find yourself gravitating to a particular kind of intellectual film: the dour, the twisty, and the ostentatious must be regarded as...

  • Jo Nesbø, an extraordinarily successful Norwegian novelist, writes books about hardboiled detectives and bungled murders, feats of elaborate plotting that routinely sell tens of millions of copies. "Reading The Redbreast," writes...

  • Act one of 1900, Bernardo Bertolucci's 317-minute historical epic, comes to its resolutely ludicrous end when Attila, a budding Hun-like fascist in prewar Italy, head-butts a cat to death in a public square. Later, as if to dispel any...

  • Jan Troell's The Last Sentence tells the story of Torgny Segerstedt (Jesper Christensen), the former newspaper editor in Sweden, where he spent more than a decade of his wartime tenure penning editorials lambasting Nazi Germany and the...