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The Unsung Heroes of 2008

Highlighting those overlooked performances from 2008 that deserved greater accolades.

Asia Argento, in 'The Last Mistress'
The Last Mistress

Set in 19th Century France, Catherine Breillat’s film is not about love — it’s about addiction. Because as played by Argento, Spanish seductress Vellini is not a romantic heroine but a creature of obsessive need and hunger. The actress shows ferocious commitment in a performance that ventures into some of the ugliest realms of human desire. She is frequently nude, but it is her emotional nakedness that distinguishes her.

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On DVD: “Snow Angels”

Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale, in 'Snow Angels'

Dir. David Gordon Green
(R) ★ ★ ★ ★

We’re hooked from the opening scene. During winter in an unspecified small town, a marching band listens to what is meant to be an inspiring speech from their band leader (Tom Noonan). “Will you be my sledgehammer?” he asks them, with an improbably straight face. Band members Arthur (Michael Angarano) and Warren (Connor Paolo) snicker to each other. Then BLAM! BLAM! Two loud noises in the distance. Gunshots? Yes, gunshots. In a town this small the sound likely reverberates all the way to the city limits. The remainder of the film will recount the events that lead inexorably to those shots.

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