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Bradley Cooper (right) plays Chris Kyle in American Sniper. The film has become a cultural phenomenon and has spawned knee-jerk squabbling. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War

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'Leviathan' And 'Red Army' Deliver A Peek Inside Russia, Now And Then

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Werner Herzog's 1972 film Aguirre, the Wrath of God was shot along the Amazon in Peru. It probes one of the filmmaker's themes: an unsentimental look at humankind's relationship to landscape and nature. Courtesy of The Shout! Factory hide caption

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Werner Herzog's Audacious Early Films Showcased In New Boxed Collection

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Compared with The Trip, in The Trip to Italy Coogan (right) is gloomier and Brydon is more ambitious. Courtesy of IFC Films hide caption

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British Comedians Take A 'Trip To Italy' And Make Fun Of Each Other

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The Beatles perform one of their songs while filming A Hard Day's Night in 1964. Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy

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In the new French film Violette, Emmanuelle Devos plays a fictionalized character based on Violette Leduc, the trailblazing French novelist. Courtesy of Adopt Films hide caption

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'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like

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Two Italys Take A Road Trip In 'Il Sorpasso'

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Critic John Powers writes, "There's an amoral pleasure to be had in watching Godzilla reduce Tokyo to fiery rubble." Toho/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why 'Godzilla' Endures

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Crime writer Giorgio Scerbanenco was born in Kiev in 1911, grew up in Rome and worked for decades as a journalist in Milan. Olycom/Melville House hide caption

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Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir

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'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

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Remembering Harold Ramis, Master Of The 'Smart Dumb-Movie'

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In 1975, Shoah director Claude Lanzmann (left) interviewed Benjmain Murmelstein, the last surviving Elder of the Jews of the Czech Theresienstadt ghetto, at his home in Rome. The resulting film is The Last of the Unjust. Cohen Media Group hide caption

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For A Rabbi Who Worked With The Nazis, Is Judgment 'Unjust'?

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Borgen's heroine is Birgitte Nyborg, superbly played by Sidse Babett Knudsen. Pilou Asbaek plays Don Draper-ish spin doctor Kasper Juul. MHz Networks hide caption

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'Borgen' Is Denmark's 'West Wing' (But Even Better)

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Before protesting in The Square, Khalid Abdalla (left) acted in such films as The Kite Runner, Green Zone and United 93. Noujaim Films hide caption

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Frustrating Heroine Stars In Fresh, Feminist 'Nightingale'

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