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BEST ON-SCREEN BROOKLYN: Two Lovers
Born romantic James Gray retains the operatic intensity of his outer-borough crime stories Little Odessa, The Yards and We Own the Night in this Brighton Beach love triangle (unjustly overshadowed by star Joaquin Phoenix’s talk-show-circuit Andy Kaufman act). The heavy early-winter skies and autumn-covered furniture are note-perfect evocations of an older, more residential, more ethnic New York; in the heartbreaking final shot, look for a hilarious bit of production-design genius: a 20-year-old stationary bike stashed behind a living room sofa.

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