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#5. Stoker

South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook makes his English language debut about a creepy dysfunctional family in a gothic old house from a screenplay by Wentworth Miller. Brilliantly edited, featuring some lavish visual sequences and a unique sound design are only a few of the more obvious assets of Stoker, which, as many seem to have a problem with, is hardly an exercise in subtlety. But fans of the enigmatic director’s previous works, including his inimitable Revenge trilogy, should feel right at home in this effort, which does for the Addams Family what his last film Thirst did for Therese Raquin. And Nicole Kidman is put to excellent use as a creepy/clingy matriarch.

#4. Magic Magic

Truth be told, this title works as an excellent companion piece to Sebastian Silva’s other Michael Cera starring Sundance entry, Crystal Fairy, but this one has the dramatic edge since it’s »

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