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‘6 Underground’ Review: Action by the Numbers
Movies, Yesterday

Ryan Reynolds plays a billionaire who’s part Deadpool, part Elon Musk and all Michael Bay hero in this relentless action movie.

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‘Black Christmas’ Review: Horror for a New Era of Campus Debates
Movies, December 12

Sophia Takal’s film isn’t particularly scary, but it has plenty on its mind.

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‘Richard Jewell’ Review: The Wrong Man
Movies, December 12

Clint Eastwood’s take on the frenzied aftermath of the Olympic Park bombing is flawed and fascinating.

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‘A Hidden Life’ Review: Refusing Hitler, Embracing Beauty
Movies, December 12

Terrence Malick’s film telling the story of an Austrian farmer’s heroic defiance of the Nazis is gorgeous and at times frustrating.

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‘Uncut Gems’ Review: Adam Sandler’s Punch-Drunk Hustle
Movies, December 12

In the Safdie brothers’ new movie, Sandler plays a jewelry-store owner and compulsive gambler running for his life.

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‘The Great War’ Review: A Segregated Black Unit Fights in World War I
Movies, December 12

While the movie takes inspiration from real events, it doesn’t have the budget or craft it needs.

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‘Seberg’ Review: Woman on Fire
Movies, December 12

Kristen Stewart is a picture of gorgeous disintegration in this speculative look at the F.B.I.’s persecution of the actress Jean Seberg.

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‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Review: New Faces Join the Gang, Back in the Wild
Movies, December 12

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan return for this sequel, and they’ve got Danny DeVito and Danny Glover in tow.

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‘The Death & Life of John F. Donovan’ Review: A Child Is Torn
Movies, December 12

Xavier Dolan’s muddled tale of a closeted celebrity and his much younger fan is shackled by an awkward structure and a fragmented vision.

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‘Chinese Portrait’ Review: A Snapshot of a Country, Artfully Composed
Movies, December 12

A visual take on the vast expanse of a land and its people, compiled over 10 years by Wang Xiaoshuai.

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‘Bombshell’ Review: Blind Ambition and Blond Sedition at Fox News
Movies, December 12

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie star in a story about the fall of Roger Ailes.

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‘Cunningham’ Review: Exploring Space, Time and Dance in 3-D
Movies, December 11

Alla Kovgan’s documentary about the great Merce Cunningham shows aspects of his choreography that can be difficult to convey on conventional film.

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‘A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby’ Review: The Title Says It All
Movies, December 6

This holiday film on Netflix, the third in a series, is both flimsy and flat, but if royal romance is what you crave, you’ve found it.

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‘Dead Kids’ Review: A Flashy Portrait of Teen Angst Gone Awry
Movies, December 6

This thriller from Netflix follows four teenage misfits in the Philippines who plot to kidnap the school bully for ransom.

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‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Review: A Brush With Passion
Movies, December 5

In Céline Sciamma’s new film, Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant play an aristocrat and an artist falling in love in 18th-century France.

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‘The Disappearance of My Mother’ Review: Son’s View of a Model Parent
Movies, December 5

Benedetta Barzini, couture star and cultural critic, reluctantly faces her son’s camera in a tender and harsh documentary.

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‘The Aeronauts’ Review: High Anxiety
Movies, December 5

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne reach for the skies in this charming Victorian ballooning adventure.

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‘A German Youth’ Review: Lights, Camera, Guerrilla Tactics?
Movies, December 5

The documentary traces the origins of the Red Army Faction with a dizzying assemblage of archival footage.

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‘In Fabric’ Review: The Dress Is Possessed. But It Was on Sale.
Movies, December 5

Peter Strickland’s fourth feature is a horror story about, yes, a garment, but it’s his most engrossing work yet.

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‘Daniel Isn’t Real’ Review: Even an Imaginary Friend Can Hurt You
Movies, December 5

Young Luke was happy to find a friend in Daniel. Luke’s mother couldn’t see Daniel, but accepted him nonetheless, until he went too far.

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‘Little Joe’ Review: This Flower Can Dispense Joy, but It Has Demands
Movies, December 5

Jessica Hausner’s new sci-fi film about a flower engineered to release a potent antidepressant evokes “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

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‘When Lambs Become Lions’ Review: An Ivory Poacher’s Perspective
Movies, December 5

The documentarian Jon Kasbe spent years among elephant hunters in Kenya, and his movie is an intense 74-minute distillation of his efforts.

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‘A Million Little Pieces’ Review: Cracking Up
Movies, December 5

A committed lead performance and some eloquent visuals aren’t enough to save this hackneyed tale of a rehab-resisting addict.

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‘The Wolf Hour’ Review: Panic in the City
Movies, December 5

In this psychological drama, Naomi Watts plays an agoraphobic writer slowly unraveling in a blistering New York City apartment.

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‘Midnight Family’ Review: The Night Stalkers of Mexico City
Movies, December 4

In this outstanding documentary, a family of emergency medical workers struggles both to save lives and to make a living.

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‘Knives and Skin’ Review: ‘Twin Peaks’ Redux? Not Quite
Movies, December 4

While it has some genuine eeriness, the similarities to David Lynch’s work give the impression of a secondhand sensibility.

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‘The Body Remembers’ Review: One Prospers, the Other Doesn’t
Movies, November 28

Two indigenous women collide in an urgent, intimate drama about race, motherhood and domestic abuse.

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‘Ximei’ Review: An AIDS Activist Fights Medical Injustice in China
Movies, November 28

In taking the time to get to know his subjects, Andy Cohen paints a compelling portrait of those suffering from a public health crisis.

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‘Cavale’ Review: Riding in Cars With Girls on the Run
Movies, November 28

In Virginie Gourmel’s drama, three teenage girls escape a psychiatric facility, however therapeutically or legally ill-advised.

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‘Feast of the Epiphany’ Review: Farm to Table, but Not in That Order
Movies, November 28

It’s a drama. It’s a documentary. It’s both, but this film, directed by three critics, is a perplexing amalgamation.

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‘Melody Makers’ Review: Another Go-Round With the Old-School British Rockers
Movies, November 28

In a new documentary, Leslie Ann Coles explores the history of 1960s and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll through the eye of a British music magazine.

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‘After Parkland’ Review: Gun Violence Reverberates Through Time
Movies, November 28

A new documentary follows the friends and families of those died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018.

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‘White Snake’ Review: A Chinese Demon Slithers to the Screen
Movies, November 28

Love is the answer, even when Romeo is a snake-catcher. Luckily, he’s not great at his job.

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‘My Friend the Polish Girl’ Review: The Outsider
Movies, November 28

In this faux documentary, the relationship between an American filmmaker and her troubled immigrant subject takes on a darkly controlling hue.

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‘Les Misérables’ Review: Injustice Still Stalks the Poor of Paris
Movies, November 28

In modern-day Montfermeil, the setting of Victor Hugo’s novel, the filmmaker Ladj Ly stages his own impassioned cry against oppression.

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‘Temblores’ Review: Torn Between His Faith and His Sexuality
Movies, November 28

Jayro Bustamante’s drama is vividly imagined, but lacks depth.

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‘63 Up’ Review: Time Keeps on Slippin’, Slippin’, Slippin’
Movies, November 26

Michael Apted revisits the people who have grown up, and grown older, in this long-running, landmark documentary series.

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‘Knives Out’ Review: Murder Most Clever
Movies, November 26

In his new movie, Rian Johnson dusts off Agatha Christie with help from Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis and Don Johnson.

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‘Queen & Slim’ Review: Love on the Run
Movies, November 26

Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith star in Melina Matsoukas’s dreamy but intense outlaw romance.

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‘The Two Popes’ Review: Double Act at the Vatican
Movies, November 26

Jonathan Pryce (as the future Pope Francis) and Anthony Hopkins (as the outgoing Pope Benedict) star in a study of faith, friendship and power.

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‘Dark Waters’ Review: The Killing Fields of West Virginia
Movies, November 21

In Todd Haynes’s latest, Mark Ruffalo plays a corporate defense lawyer who switches sides to defend a poisoned community.

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‘Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator’ Review: The Toxic Man behind Yoga’s Hottest Trend
Movies, November 21

This unsettling expose about the founder of Bikram yoga is the opposite of a meditative reprieve.

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‘Varda by Agnès’ Review: A Final Visit With an Irreplaceable Filmmaker
Movies, November 21

In her last film, Agnès Varda sums up a six-decade career.

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‘Frozen 2’ Review: The Cold Still Never Bothers Them
Movies, November 21

The sisters and sidekicks from “Frozen” reconvene for another adventure with storms of feeling and a new power ballad.

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‘The Courier’ Review: Gary Oldman Plays Bad. The Movie Plays Worse.
Movies, November 21

This action thriller set in a parking garage with a female butt-kicking lead doesn’t even reach the level of watchable novelty.

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‘Mr. Toilet’ Review: Getting a Handle on the World’s Toilet Shortage
Movies, November 21

This profile of Jack Sim, an activist for toilet construction, is a more serious documentary than its title suggests.

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‘Hala’ Review: Girl, Disrupted
Movies, November 21

Geraldine Viswanathan is astonishingly resonant as a teenager testing the boundaries of faith, tradition and sexuality.

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‘21 Bridges’ Review: Catch Us if You Can
Movies, November 21

In this sturdy thriller, Chadwick Boseman plays a Manhattan detective on the hunt for two squirrelly cop killers.

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‘Shooting the Mafia’ Review: Crime Through a Watchful Lens
Movies, November 21

This documentary about the Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia is short on the whens and the hows of her story.

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‘Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops’ Review: Keeping Calm Is Their Secret Weapon
Movies, November 14

Jenifer McShane’s documentary introduces an empathetic method for policing.

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‘Everybody’s Everything’ Review: The Life and Songs of Lil Peep
Movies, November 14

The documentary looks and listens to the emo-rapper, who died two years ago following an accidental overdose.

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‘Lady and the Tramp’ Review: Seconds of Spaghetti and Furballs
Movies, November 14

Disney’s latest live-action remake is sweet and tastefully rendered, but it lacks the liveliness of the animated original.

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‘Waves’ Review: The Shattering Ebb and Flow of Family Life
Movies, November 14

The writer-director Trey Edward Shults tells the story of a family held together by love and nearly undone by tragedy.

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‘Atlantics’ Review: Haunted by Ghosts and Injustice in Senegal
Movies, November 14

Mati Diop’s Cannes prize winner is a potent mix of genres and moods.

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‘The Report’ Review: Inconvenient Truths
Movies, November 14

Adam Driver’s gracefully intelligent performance as an investigator never quite zaps this dramatically frozen procedural to life.

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‘Ford v Ferrari’ Review: It’s a Gas
Movies, November 14

Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in James Mangold’s look back at the golden age of Grand Prix racing.

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‘The Hottest August’ Review: Ordinary New Yorkers Facing Extreme Heat
Movies, November 14

The director draws on texts from Zadie Smith, Annie Dillard and Karl Marx for narration, but ospreys and a solar eclipse take more of a center stage.

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‘I Lost My Body’ Review: The Quest of a Severed Hand
Movies, November 14

There is no shortage of imagination in this animated feature. In fact, there may be more than you can stomach.

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‘Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project’ Review: A VCR Obsession
Movies, November 14

Matt Wolf’s documentary shows how one woman captured history by recording television news. The results are compelling.

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‘Scandalous’ Review: Riches From a Supermarket Rag
Movies, November 14

A documentary on the National Enquirer pays tribute to a halcyon era of dirt digging.

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‘To Kid or Not to Kid’ Review: Maybe, Baby
Movies, November 14

Maxine Trump’s deeply personal documentary explores the pros and cons of motherhood with candor and empathy.

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‘Radioflash’ Review: The Hills Have Spies
Movies, November 14

Ben McPherson’s generic survival story aims for post-apocalyptic dread and lands on hill-dweller horseplay.

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‘The Good Liar’ Review: For Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen, the Truth Hurts
Movies, November 14

This thriller doesn’t need a spoiler warning. It spoils itself.