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‘Beanpole’ Review: The War Has Ended. Their Fight Is Endless.
Movies, Yesterday

Set in the aftermath of World War II, this dazzling movie centers on two friends who are each casualties of a historical trauma.

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‘The 2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films’ Review: Nothing to Laugh About
Movies, Yesterday

The 15 short films nominated in three Oscar categories are mainly serious and often grim.

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‘Panga’ Review: Put Me in Coach, I Have Life Experience
Movies, January 26

This Hindi movie tells the story of a former athlete, now a working mother, who sets out to recapture her former glory.

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‘John Henry’ Review: Hammer Time
Movies, January 23

Terry Crews stars as an ex-gang member reluctant to take revenge in Will Forbes’s over-the-top action flick.

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‘I Wish I Knew’ Review: A Melancholy Master’s Portrait of a City
Movies, January 23

In this elegiac documentary, the director Jia Zhangke explores Shanghai through its people, stories and soaring cranes.

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‘The Turning’ Review: Taking a Dusty Book Off the Shelf
Movies, January 23

Henry James’s 19th-century novella “The Turn of the Screw” receives an update in this film that has the hallmarks of horror but few real terrors.

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‘Zombi Child’ Review: Race, Class and Voodoo
Movies, January 23

A new film about a schoolgirl’s erotic obsession examines the social hierarchies of midcentury Haiti and present-day France.

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‘Quezon’s Game’ Review: In the Philippines, a Refuge From the Nazis
Movies, January 23

The real challenge wasn’t getting the Jews out of Nazi Germany, but rather persuading the United States to grant them visas to the Philippines.

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‘The Last Full Measure’ Review: Remembering a Fallen War Hero
Movies, January 23

This fact-based story directed by Todd Robinson follows the quest to get a Medal of Honor for a pararescue medic who died in Vietnam.

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‘Color Out of Space’ Review: Bother From Another Planet
Movies, January 23

Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson face an evil shade of lilac in this inventive sci-fi horror film directed by Richard Stanley.

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‘The Gentlemen’ Review: Boys Will Be Boys, Sometimes With Guns
Movies, January 22

Guy Ritchie makes a very Guy Ritchie movie, this time with Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant and Charlie Hunnam.

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‘A Fall From Grace’ Review: A Trope-Filled Thriller From Tyler Perry
Movies, January 17

Even with Netflix’s backing and a supposedly suspenseful premise, his latest movie is, once again, about a sad, downtrodden woman.

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‘Weathering With You’ Review: Letting the Sun Shine In
Movies, January 16

In the latest from the director of the hit anime “Your Name,” two teenagers find mysterious rays of hope amid catastrophe.

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‘Troop Zero’ Review: A New Generation of Underdogs
Movies, January 16

This film about a makeshift scouting troop hits familiar beats, but is elevated by its cast.

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‘Intrigo: Death of an Author’ Review: Many Mysteries, Fewer Thrills
Movies, January 16

An author and a wannabe meet on a private island in a film based on a tale by Hakan Nesser.

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‘VHYes’ Review: Channel Surfing and Self-Soothing
Movies, January 16

This visually exhausting parody of 1980s late-night television offers little more than a collage of meaningless nostalgia.

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‘Bad Boys for Life’ Review: In a Minivan, but Still Riding
Movies, January 16

After probably years of high-powered agent, studio and management negotiations, the boys are back.

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‘Bad Boys for Life’ Review: In a Minivan, but Still Riding
Movies, January 16

After probably years of high-powered agent, studio and management negotiations, the boys are back.

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‘Dolittle’ Review: Baa, Humbug
Movies, January 15

Robert Downey Jr. plays the doctor turned animal whisperer in this dreary and misbegotten adventure.

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‘Citizen K’ Review: Trying to Pin Down a Russian Oligarch
Movies, January 14

A detailed documentary on Mikhail Khodorkovsky proves slightly unsatisfying.

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Chhapaak Review: Life and Activism After an Acid Attack
Movies, January 10

The movie is based on the life of Laxmi Agarwal, who was burned with acid in New Delhi 2005.

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Two Battle Diaries From Iraq
Movies, January 9

In the documentaries “Peshmerga” and “The Battle of Mosul,” Bernard-Henri Lévy offers a portrait of the fighters trying to repel the Islamic State.

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‘Like a Boss’ Review: Tiffany & Rose’s Very Unfortunate Adventure
Movies, January 9

No, just no.

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‘Inherit the Viper’ Review: Hard Times in a Hard Town
Movies, January 9

A family of opioid dealers in a poverty-stricken town faces the end of the line in this tough, tight crime thriller.

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‘Afterward’ Review: Asking for Opinions of Jews and Israel
Movies, January 9

A documentary seeks to find out what people think of Jews, the Holocaust and history.

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‘Three Christs’ Review: Exploring the Mysteries of the Mind
Movies, January 9

The film is based on a book by a social psychologist who studied schizophrenia in the late 1950s.

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‘The Woman Who Loves Giraffes’ Review: Crackers for Animals
Movies, January 9

This warm documentary uses one woman’s singular passion to fuel a tale of zoological discovery, blatant sexism and environmental alarm.

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‘The Sonata’ Review: A Little Fright Music
Movies, January 9

A young violinist inherits a cursed piece of music in this slow-moving ghost story.

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‘Underwater’ Review: Wobbly Sea Legs
Movies, January 9

Kristen Stewart is lean, intense and taciturn in this aquatic “Alien” attempt. But the movie is more boring than horrific.

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‘Earth’ Review: Humanity Is Digging Its Own Grave
Movies, January 8

In this sobering documentary, Nikolaus Geyrhalter looks at how humans are changing the planet one backhoe at a time.

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‘System K’ Review: Art in the Streets of Desperation
Movies, January 7

The poverty and chaos of Kinshasa drive an art scene that’s vivid, unrelenting and genuinely dangerous.

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‘The Grudge’ Review: A Curse That Can’t Be Lifted
Movies, January 3

Nicolas Pesce’s new horror movie remake has its chilling moments but ultimately remains cursed by a fatally hokey concept.

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‘Advocate’ Review: Defending More Than Just Her Clients
Movies, January 2

A portrait of an Israeli lawyer who takes on difficult cases involving Palestinian clients.

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‘Ghost Stories’ Review: Bollywood Aims for Frights
Movies, January 2

With this Netflix anthology, four directors from Indian cinema draw horror from a country’s lived reality.