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'Ned Rifle' a high mark in Hal Hartley's bizarre world

'Ned Rifle' a high mark in Hal Hartley's bizarre world

If you're familiar at all with indie filmmaker Hal Hartley's work, you know there's a surreal quality to it. Slightly mannered performances, with a skewed theological and sexual didactic underpin his morality plays. Good and evil, God and the devil in a sense costar.

Which might not sound entertaining, yet when the writer-director is on his game, as he is in "Ned Rifle," the effect is bizarre black comedy that is designed to set you thinking about what his satire is really saying.

"Ned" stars Liam Aiken, Aubrey Plaza, Parker Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan and James Urbaniak. It represents both a stand-alone example of the filmmaker's signature style and a finishing...

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