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'What We Do in the Shadows,' 'It Follows' and others add a fresh bite

'What We Do in the Shadows,' 'It Follows' and others add a fresh bite

"What We Do in the Shadows": Working in the faux-documentary tradition of Christopher Guest, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi crafted a droll delight — think "Big Brother: Transylvania" — that managed to give fresh bite to a genre that was admittedly feeling a little anemic around the fangs.

"Far From Men": Set against the historical backdrop of the French-Algerian conflict, David Oelhoffen's soulful, existential period western, featuring Viggo Mortensen, conveys an affecting humanity that resonates deeply in alienating wide-open spaces and extended silences.

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