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  • Burning
  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • Sullivan's Travels
  • La Belle Noiseuse

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  • The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

  • Cluny Brown

  • The Many Saints of Newark

  • Mr. Thank You

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  • A Town Called Panic

    A Town Called Panic

    ★★★★½

    Takes exceptional advantage of the unique creative freedom afforded by the form of animation and churns out 75 tight minutes of entirely uninhibited, unhinged, manic bliss.

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★★

    An enthralling depiction of failure in the pursuit of artistic transcendence.

    Vaguely similar to the 1890 Norwegian novel "Hunger," written by Knut Hamsun. Hamsun and the Coen's feature forgiving portraits of artists plagued by stubbornness and cynicism. In both protagonists we can recognize hints of raw talent denied proper manifestation. With those hints in mind, the audience can't help but feel for them. Because we all kind of know what that feels like to some degree.

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  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★½

    A gorgeous testament to the discreet beauty in leading a love-rich but otherwise unremarkable life.

    A bus driver named Paterson writes poetry and no one ever reads any of it. He has no impulse to let anyone see what he's written. He writes for himself, to express fleeting thoughts he could likely not reliably grasp or conceptualize without the aid of a pencil and paper. There is no higher goal. Never a shred of implicit interest to "make it" as…