“Wild Tales”: Argentine anthology film appeals to our animal instincts

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“Wild Tales” opens Friday at Sundance Cinemas. R, 1:55, three stars out of four.

The six short films that make up Argentine writer-director Damian Szifron’s anthology “Wild Tales” might be episodes of “The Twilight Zone,” with their macabre overtones, twist endings and explorations of the dark side of the human condition. But here, the “twilight zone” the characters pass through isn’t some supernatural no man’s land, but the thin line between civilized and savage behavior. And many characters don’t just pass through — they happily leap through.

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