Bardem’s Dying Crook Seeks Salvation; Forlorn Singles: Movies

The misspelled title, ‘Biutiful,” is the first obvious clue that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s downbeat urban drama will arrive at beauty in odd ways. The latest film from the director of “Babel” and “127 Grams” is as grim as the oncological death sentence handed its main character, yet it finds pockets of grace even in the squalid underworld of Barcelona.

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