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Review: 'Birds of Passage' powerfully subverts the gangster epic

Imagine "The Godfather" made by dazzling Latin American directors who combine bravura filmmaking with political awareness and a probing social conscience.

Better than imagining it, see it for yourself in the visually stunning, dramatically gripping "Birds of Passage," a film of great scope and passion that was the talk of the Cannes Film Festival when it debuted there last year.

A rare example of provocative cinema on an epic scale, combining genre elements with classic tragedy and cultural fidelity, "Birds" is the latest

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