'Wild Tales' skillfully compiles six gripping stories

March 26, 2015 3:39 PM

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With so many movies taking small plots and stretching them to the snapping point, it's a pleasure to encounter "Wild Tales," an Argentine film that packs six gripping, entertaining stories into just over two hours. There is more invention, more joy in storytelling, more attitude, more originality and more energy in any 15 minutes of "Wild Tales" than in three-quarters of the movies that get released.

Part of the attraction of the film, which received an Oscar nomination for best foreign film, is its lack of ambition. That's a strange thing to say, but it's rare to see such skill and talent employed in the simple but noble task of amusing people. The goal is to grab and divert viewers, to take pe...

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