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MOVIES

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David Mamet’s “Things Change,” the second film directed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, opened the 32nd London Film Festival Thursday. The 18-day festival features more than 140 films from 35 countries. Mamet’s first directorial effort, “House of Games,” was a hit at least year’s festival. This year’s edition closes Nov. 27 with “For Queen and Country,” Martin Stellman’s gritty British film starring Denzel Washington (“Cry Freedom”). The United States and Britain dominate the festival lineup with 50 films between them, but movies are also included from the Dominican Republic, Madagascar and New Zealand. Two are from Iran.


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