10/29/2013 09:10 am ET Updated Dec 29, 2013

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Two films I watched at the London Film Festival this month jarred with me in an unexpected way. Drinking Buddies and Afternoon Delight are what might be called mumblecore movies - all improvised dialogue and plots that home in on relatively minor events in the emotional lives of their protagonists. I'll spare you my reviews, but an incidental aspect of these self-consciously naturalistic portrayals of contemporary urban life depressed me.

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