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Movie review: 'Ray & Liz' is a bleak, beautiful memoir of an unhappy English childhood

"My father, Raymond, is a chronic alcoholic. He doesn't like going outside and mostly drinks homebrew." The lines come from the back cover of "Ray's a Laugh," a celebrated 1996 book of family photographs by the Turner Prize-nominated visual artist Richard Billingham. They are elaborated upon with vivid spareness in the opening scenes of "Ray & Liz," a haunting, fragmentary cinematic memoir that marks Billingham's feature writing and directing debut.

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