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‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Review: California Freakin’, With Scares, Laughs and a Murderous Ghost
Movies, Yesterday

Linda Cardellini plays a widow with two children and a curse in this amusing, old-fashioned ghost story, the latest addition to the “Conjuring” series.

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‘Someone Great’ Review: After a Breakup, One Last Night on the Town
Movies, Yesterday

Netflix’s contribution to the “girls’ night out” genre has its clichés, but the cast has ample chemistry to pull it off.

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‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Brings Him Back to Life
Movies, Yesterday

Terry Gilliam’s long-deferred tribute to Cervantes’s knight errant finally arrives, starring Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver.

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‘Naples in Veils’: A Morgue Doctor Is Obsessed. The Movie Is Lifeless.
Movies, Yesterday

Ferzan Ozpetek’s thriller tips its hat to the motifs of Hitchcock, only to wind up as a tedious muddle.

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‘Fast Color’ Review: Can a Gifted Family Save a Parched World?
Movies, Yesterday

Julia Hart’s wonderfully strange dystopian drama pits three gifted black women against a dried-up world and a hostile government.

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‘Little Woods’ Review: Life Is Thicker Than Blood
Movies, Yesterday

Tessa Thompson holds the center in this drama about a former drug smuggler on probation who is forced to find a new life for herself and her sister.

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‘Rafiki’ Review: Falling in Love, Illegally
Movies, Yesterday

The story of a romance between two Kenyan women was shown at Cannes after being banned in Kenya.

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‘Grass’ Review: Eavesdropping in the Coffee Shop With Hong Sang-soo
Movies, Yesterday

A sense of dislocation hangs over the South Korean director’s latest feature as a young woman writer observes mostly melancholy people, old and young.

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‘Instant Dreams’ Review: Polaroid’s Too-Secret Ingredient
Movies, Yesterday

Willem Baptist’s documentary is an impressionistic study of the end of the Polaroid camera and the “instant film” it used.

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‘Stuck’ Review: A Movie Musical Set in a Subway Car? Stand Clear.
Movies, Yesterday

Michael Berry’s film about characters on a stalled train aims to show how, yes, we’re all connected and yes, we all need one another.

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‘Red Joan’ Review: I Spy, Reluctantly
Movies, Yesterday

Trevor Nunn’s listless period drama about an English physicist who leaks atom-bomb secrets, drags when it should zing.

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‘Family’ Review: Better Living Through Childcare
Movies, Yesterday

Taylor Schilling plays a cold workaholic who improves her life by babysitting her unhappy niece.

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‘Under the Silver Lake’ Review: Andrew Garfield Gets Lost in a Haze of Pop-Culture Allusions
Movies, April 17

A little Hitchcock, a touch of noir, some ’90s indie rock, a few naked women, and yet not much to see.

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Beyoncé the Creator: ‘Homecoming’ Review
Movies, April 17

Built around her 2018 Coachella performance, the Netflix documentary is, above all, about Beyoncé, who wrote, directed and executive produced.

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‘Hail Satan?’ Review: Pitchforks, Black Clothes and Good Deeds
Movies, April 16

Members of the Satanic Temple are not your average devil worshipers.

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‘Penguins’ Review: A Nature Documentary Veers Into Fairy Tale
Movies, April 16

Ed Helms provides the internal monologue for a 5-year-old Adélie penguin referred to as Steve, who is about to embark on his first mating season.

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‘Breakthrough’ Review: A Remarkable Story of Survival, Told Through a Religious Lens
Movies, April 15

After a 14-year-old boy falls into freezing water and his pulse stops, prayers and medical workers both seem to play a role in his recovery.

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‘The Silence’ Review: Fleeing Winged Peril for a Quieter Place
Movies, April 12

If “Bird Box” seemed like an ocular companion to the aural deprivation of “A Quiet Place,” this new film feels like a kind of prequel.

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‘Dogman’ Review: In Italy, a Man-Eat-Man World
Movies, April 11

In the latest from the Italian director Matteo Garrone (“Gomorrah”), a bullied dog groomer bites back.

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‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Review: A Mesmerizing Chain of Associations
Movies, April 11

The director, Bi Gan, undertakes a radical challenge to linear narrative with awe-inspiring effect.

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‘Mary Magdalene’ Review: A Revision in Need of Revision
Movies, April 11

Mary Magdalene’s reputation as a temptress is set aside in Garth Davis’s revisionist depiction of her life as a follower of Jesus.

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‘The Most Dangerous Year’ Review: A Personal Look at Transgender Rights
Movies, April 11

The director, Vlada Knowlton, who also narrates, is the parent of a transgender daughter.

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‘Satan & Adam’ Review: Two Musicians Team Up to Play the Blues
Movies, April 11

The documentary follows the duo, who started out performing on the streets of Harlem, and went on to find wider success.

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‘Wild Nights With Emily’ Review: Emily Dickinson as Romantic Comedy Heroine
Movies, April 11

The life and work of the poet gets a delightfully droll — even gay — reinterpretation.

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‘Teen Spirit’ Review: Elle Fanning Can Sing. Who Knew?
Movies, April 11

Max Minghella’s sweet directing debut is both proudly clichéd and refreshingly different.

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‘Hellboy’ Review: What’s Big and Horned and Red All Over?
Movies, April 11

Neil Marshall’s chaotic reboot turns all the dials to 11 and keeps them there.

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‘Missing Link’ Review: Lovely Animation, but Lacking Inspiration
Movies, April 11

The storytelling can’t match the visual creativity in the latest film from Laika studios.

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‘Master Z: Ip Man Legacy’ Review: A Martial Arts Master Roams Free
Movies, April 11

Several sequels in, the character based on the real-life Ip Man has been so throughly fictionalized that nothing is off-limits. He’s also good fun.

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‘Girls of the Sun’ Review: Brave Women Enlisted in a Battle Against Subtlety
Movies, April 11

Eva Husson’s ripped-from-real-life drama about Kurdish women fighting ISIS is a potent story marred by pompousness and good intentions.

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‘Little’ Review: Too Much Caution and Not Enough Regina Hall
Movies, April 10

In this version of the body-switch comedy, Hall turns into her 13-year-old self, played by the amazing young actress Marsai Martin.

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‘Her Smell’ Review: The Road to Rock ’n’ Roll Transcendence Goes Through the Gutter
Movies, April 10

Elisabeth Moss is raw and charismatic in Alex Ross Perry’s portrait of a musician running off the rails.

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‘Sauvage / Wild’ Review: A French Hustler Gets Too Close to His Work
Movies, April 9

This sexually frank film from Camille Vidal-Naquet demonstrates that it’s difficult to build a character study around an unconvincing character.

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‘Unicorn Store’ Review: When It’s Never Time to Put Away Childish Things
Movies, April 5

The message of the movie, directed by and starring Brie Larson, is that there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for adulthood.

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‘High Life’ Review: Robert Pattinson Is Lost in Space
Movies, April 4

The director Claire Denis fills her science-fiction fantasy with drift, fluids and beautiful people, including Juliette Binoche and André Benjamin.

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‘Peterloo’ Review: Political Violence of the Past Mirrors the Present
Movies, April 4

Mike Leigh’s historical drama has the sweep of Tolstoy and the bustling energy of Dickens.

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‘Pet Sematary’ Review: An Unsettling New Take on a Stephen King Classic
Movies, April 4

This one has a smoother feel than the 1989 movie, our critic writes. But despite some great jolts, it’s an uneven horror film.

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‘The Fate of Lee Khan’ Review: King Hu Directs Angela Mao
Movies, April 4

Lady Kung Fu and a renowned wuxia director in their only feature together, this restored 1973 film.

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‘Storm Boy’ Review: Raising Pelicans in a Film That Never Fully Takes Flight
Movies, April 4

The film tries to present itself as a modern fable, but the themes come across as didactic rather than moving.

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‘The Public’ Review: Emilio Estevez Takes Us to the Library for a Civics Lesson
Movies, April 4

The movie’s literary virtues are up for debate. Its sincerity, though, is not.

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‘Reinventing Rosalee’ Review: A Centenarian Who Won’t Slow Down
Movies, April 4

The documentary focuses on a feisty woman who survived a Soviet labor camp and went on to thrive in America.

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‘Blowin’ Up’ Review: In a Queens Courtroom, Humanity Prevails
Movies, April 4

Stephanie Wang-Breal’s fascinating documentary highlights a program in Queens that treats prostitutes as victims, not criminals.

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‘The Wind’ Review: Who’s That Knocking at My Log Cabin Door?
Movies, April 4

Emma Tammi’s atmospheric horror-Western shines a gender-specific spotlight on isolation and hardship.

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‘Suburban Birds’ Review: A Spectacular Directing Debut
Movies, April 4

In Qiu Sheng’s film, a team of engineers and a group of kids intersect, violating the rules of space and time, or so it would seem.

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‘Shazam!’ Review: A Boy’s Supersized Alter Ego in a Sunny Superhero Flick
Movies, April 3

A nicely matched Asher Angel and Zachary Levi together play a superhero who has been taken out of mothballs with humor and fine performances.

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‘The Best of Enemies’ Review: A Klansman and a Civil Rights Activist Become Friends
Movies, April 3

Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell star in a clumsy drama of racial reconciliation. It’s based on a true story.

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‘Wall’ Review: A Writer Reflects on Borders
Movies, April 2

In the animated feature “Wall,” David Hare meditates on the partition that divides Israel and the West Bank.

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‘The Legend of Cocaine Island’ Review: Florida Man’s Silly Odyssey
Movies, March 29

A harebrained scheme ends in comic confusion in Theo Love’s goofy documentary.

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‘Super Deluxe’ Review: A Tamil Film, With a Cosmic Indie Vibe
Movies, March 28

Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s second feature, with multiple spiraling plots, can’t sustain its raffish, oddball tone for three hours.

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‘Tigerland’ Review: Conservation Documentary Lacks Claws
Movies, March 28

The film falls into a common trap of advocacy documentaries, which is to inform on an urgent issue without a particularly urgent cinematic narrative to match it.

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‘Slut in a Good Way’ Review: And Then They Staged a Sex Strike
Movies, March 28

In this coming-of-age comedy directed by Sophie Lorain, first comes love. Then comes rebellion.

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‘Relaxer’ Review: Help! He’s Sitting and He Can’t Get Up
Movies, March 28

Sad and strange and defiantly gross, Joel Potrykus’s “Relaxer” is a compassionate survival tale swirling with childhood trauma.

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‘The Burial of Kojo’ Review: A Dazzling Modern Fable
Movies, March 28

The Ghana-born musician Blitz Bazawule makes a stunning feature directing debut that comes alive with rhythm and color.

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‘Diane’ Review: A Vibrant Tale of Love, Sisterhood and Decline
Movies, March 28

Mary Kay Place is astonishing as a weary widow dealing with guilt, heartache and a diminishing circle of friends.

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‘The Last’ Review: A Revelation Leaves a Family Shattered
Movies, March 28

This drama, written and directed by Jeff Lipsky, explores a monstrous idea with complexity.

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‘The Chaperone’ Review: A Matron and a Movie Star Take a Jazz-Age Journey
Movies, March 28

Michael Engler’s dull period piece follows a conservative woman who accompanies a young silent film star on a trip to New York City.

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‘The Brink’ Review: Considering the Unlikely Charm of Stephen Bannon
Movies, March 27

This documentary trails the former White House adviser as he tours Europe and America promoting right-wing populist nationalism.

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‘Dumbo’ Goes Bonkers in Dreamland
Movies, March 27

Tim Burton takes this live-action remake of the 1941 Disney classic to his very own dark place. Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Eva Green help.

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Matthew McConaughey Waxes Poetic in ‘The Beach Bum’
Movies, March 27

The McConaissance collapses into decadence in Harmony Korine’s latest caper.

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‘Working Woman’ Review: Plumbing a Toxic Work Environment in Israel
Movies, March 26

As it tightens its grip, this feature from Michal Aviad captures how workplace sexual harassment slowly takes over one woman’s life.

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‘The Dirt’ Review: A Badly Bewigged Bummer
Movies, March 22

Based on the tell-all book about “Mötley Crüe,” this film adaptation sands down the source material into a junior varsity “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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‘Triple Threat’ Review: Fighting, Fighting and More Fighting
Movies, March 21

In a movie that stars Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen, the gaps in the plot may not really matter.

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‘Maze’ Review: A Prison Break and a Confidence Game
Movies, March 21

A controlled thriller that invents an intimate subtext for the 1983 escape of imprisoned Irish Republican Army fighters from the fortresslike Maze.

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‘Roll Red Roll’ Review: A Horrifying Assault in a Small Ohio Town
Movies, March 21

Nancy Schwartzman’s bone-chilling documentary is a tough but essential watch.

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‘Out of Blue’ Review: Seeking a Suspect in a Suspect Adaptation
Movies, March 21

Based on the Martin Amis murder mystery “Night Train,” the movie retains several of its central characters but very little else.

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‘Ramen Shop’ Review: A Search for Family and Good Soup
Movies, March 21

This film demonstrates the power of delicious cuisine to spice up an otherwise straightforward, sentimental film.

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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Review: Terrorism as Popcorn Movie?
Movies, March 21

The film re-creates the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai through the eyes of a sprawling international ensemble.

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‘Sunset’ Review: Discovering a Dark Past and a Cataclysmic Future
Movies, March 21

In his second feature, the director Laszlo Nemes (“Son of Saul”) applies his near-subjective cinematic style to pre-World War I Budapest.

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‘Us’ Review: Jordan Peele’s Creepy Latest Turns a Funhouse Mirror on Us
Movies, March 20

The director of “Get Out” returns with a horror movie about a family terrorized by weird doubles. A dazzling Lupita Nyong’o heads up the terrific cast.

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‘Us’ Review: Jordan Peele’s Creepy Latest Turns a Funhouse Mirror on Us
Movies, March 20

The director of “Get Out” returns with a horror movie about a family terrorized by weird doubles. A dazzling Lupita Nyong’o heads up the terrific cast.

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‘Dragged Across Concrete’ Review: The Evil That Men Do (Repeatedly)
Movies, March 20

This neo-exploitation potboiler about brutal men on both sides of the law stars Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn, and traffics in sordid, ugly shocks.