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‘The Banana Splits Movie’ Review: Tra La La Ahhhhhh!
Movies, August 22

The fun-loving fur balls of a classic Hanna-Barbera children’s show get a cinematic reboot. This time they’re out for blood.

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‘Jawline’ Review: Lives Measured in Follower Counts
Movies, August 22

Behind the laughs in this new documentary about social-media stars lies an unsettling account of the Generation-Z influencer economy.

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‘Hot Air’ Review: A Right-Wing Radio Host Learns to Love Again
Movies, August 22

Steve Coogan stars in this cumbersome political comedy.

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‘No Place Like Home’ Review: Self-Discovery in Jamaica
Movies, August 22

A lively reggae soundtrack and a Jamaican setting: It’s not “The Harder They Come” but Perry Henzell’s long-lost follow-up to it.

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Genèse Review: Crossing Borders Between Films
Movies, August 22

Philippe Lesage takes chances, and succeeds with boldly original form and narrative.

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‘Give Me Liberty’ Review: A Wild Ride With a Virtuoso of Chaos
Movies, August 22

In this jolt of a movie, a driver and a passenger hurtle through Milwaukee together, finding each other as they open up a world.

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‘Angel Has Fallen’ Review: Returning to Grace, One Bullet at a Time
Movies, August 22

The hero of “Olympus Has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen” finds himself on the run in a sequel steeped in today’s headlines.

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‘Friedkin Uncut’ Review: An Acclaimed Director Accepts Many Compliments
Movies, August 22

In a new documentary, Quentin Tarantino, Willem Dafoe and others genuflect at the altar of William Friedkin, the director behind “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist.”

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‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ Review: Inside a Broadway … Tradition!
Movies, August 22

A fascinating love letter to “Fiddler on the Roof” asks: What makes the quintessentially Jewish musical speak to everyone?

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‘Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool’ Review: A Complicated Artist
Movies, August 22

This documentary looks at the many sides of the innovative trumpeter and bandleader.

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‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Review: Racing With a Heavy Heart
Movies, August 22

This comedy glosses over its protagonist’s emotional wounds and instead aims to treat what’s physical.

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‘Vita & Virginia’ Review: A Real-Life Affair Made Lifeless
Movies, August 22

This film about Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolfe is a droopy tale of dissatisfied women and their brushed-aside men.

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‘American Factory’ Review: The New Global Haves and Have-Nots
Movies, August 20

A documentary looks at what happened when a Chinese company took over a closed General Motors factory in Ohio.

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‘Ready or Not’ Review: The Run-and-Slay Bride
Movies, August 20

Samara Weaving gives heart to this efficiently blood-drenched harpooning of soul-sucking greed and inbred family values.

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‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ Review: Stolen Childhoods, Creative Minds
Movies, August 20

Thematically underdeveloped yet pleasingly creepy, Issa López’s dark fairy tale follows a band of children orphaned by a Mexican drug war.

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‘Sextuplets’ Review: Six Marlon Wayanses and Zero Laughs
Movies, August 16

The comic’s latest Netflix comedy has him playing each of six sextuplets, just not very comically.

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‘Blinded by the Light’ Review: Testing the Limits of Springsteen
Movies, August 15

A Pakistani teenager in 1980s England finds salvation in songs from New Jersey.

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‘The Amazing Johnathan Documentary’ Review: The Joke’s on Who?
Movies, August 15

Ben Berman set out to make a film about a dying comedian. He wasn’t prepared for the plot twists.

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‘Aquarela’ Review: The Shapes of Water
Movies, August 15

In this dazzling survey of man against water, mysteries and revelations are as integral to its impact as our certainty of the dangers faced by its makers.

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‘Kingdom’ Review: Where the Map Is Drawn in Blood
Movies, August 15

Battles and bloodshed abound in this story of war and peace set in a fragmented ancient China.

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‘End of the Century’ Review: A Vacation Veers Into Existential States
Movies, August 15

Lucio Castro drifts back to 1999 in his promising first feature film.

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‘What You Gonna Do’ Review: Struggles and Resilience in New Orleans
Movies, August 15

The filmmaker Roberto Minervini offers a vibrant portrait of African-American life in urban Louisiana.

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‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ Review: Animating a Surrealist
Movies, August 15

The film explores the making of the director Luis Buñuel’s 1933 documentary.

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‘Cold Case Hammarskjold’ Review: An Excavation of International Intrigue
Movies, August 15

The Danish prankumentarian Mads Brugger is not the person you would choose to sift fact from conjecture.

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‘Socrates’ Review: Surviving on the Streets of São Paulo
Movies, August 15

A gay Brazilian teenager navigates poverty and isolation in Alexandre Moratto’s passionate first feature.

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‘47 Meters Down: Uncaged’ Review: A Sequel Unworthy of the Original
Movies, August 15

This silly film manages to make all the mistakes the first movie avoided.

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‘Driven’ Review: California Scheming
Movies, August 15

As the charismatic automobile designer John DeLorean, Lee Pace adds depth to this muddled true-crime comedy.

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‘Good Boys’ Review: The Cruel Comedy of Lost Innocence
Movies, August 14

The latest from the producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg involves three 12-year-olds playing at being superbad.

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‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Review: She’s Hiding From Herself
Movies, August 14

Cate Blanchett plays a woman in trouble in Richard Linklater’s latest, based on the best-selling novel by Maria Semple.

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‘Los Reyes’ Review: Dreamy Dogs Upstage Chatty Skaters
Movies, August 13

In this beautiful film, two canines while away the time as life goes on around them.

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‘Adam’ Review: A Comedy of Genders
Movies, August 13

The film, about a cisgender boy who pretends to be trans, can’t resolve its big ideas.

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‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ Review: So Stupid, Yet So Funny
Movies, August 13

The film is not just another animated sequel. Well, it sort of is, until it suddenly isn’t.

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‘One Child Nation’ Review: Controlling Minds and Bodies
Movies, August 8

This harrowing documentary looks at the history — and brutal costs — of China’s one-child policy.

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‘Ode to Joy’ Review: Reasons Not to Be Cheerful
Movies, August 8

A miserable narcoleptic and a gorgeous drama queen find love in Jason Winer’s excessively contrived romantic comedy.

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‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Review: Indiana Jones With Teen Angst
Movies, August 8

Nickelodeon’s animated naturalist is now a live-action teenager played by Isabela Moner in this charming tale of adventure and high school treachery.

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‘This Changes Everything’ Review: Hollywood’s Men, Called to Action
Movies, August 8

A star-studded documentary about gender inequality in film and TV is equal parts history lesson and constructive criticism.

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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Review: Big Dreams and Possible Big Trouble
Movies, August 8

A young man who has Down syndrome, played by Zack Gottsagen, goes on an adventure that involves wrestling and crabbing. He and his co-star, Shia LaBeouf, make a winning team.

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‘After the Wedding’ Review: Secrets and Sighs
Movies, August 8

A vivid Julianne Moore fails to enliven this languid remake of Susanne Bier’s 2007 melodrama.

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‘This Is Not Berlin’ Review: A Teenager Learns to Let Loose
Movies, August 8

The film explores cultural shifts in Mexico City a year after the devastating 1985 earthquake.

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‘Light of My Life’ Review: Together at the End of the World
Movies, August 8

Casey Affleck stars in this bleak dystopian drama, which is enlivened by the performances of its stars.

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‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Review: Fear and Nostalgia
Movies, August 8

Adapted from Alvin Schwartz’s popular series, the film is set in 1968 with the ghosts of Vietnam haunting the periphery.

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‘Brian Banks’ Review: Falsely Accused, and Fighting Back
Movies, August 8

A potent performance from Aldis Hodge elevates this formulaic film about a football player seeking redemption.

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‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ Review: Smart Dog, Dumb Movie
Movies, August 8

A dog that thinks like a person. Where’s the fun in that?

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‘Vision Portraits’ Review: Blindness as a Way of Seeing
Movies, August 8

A documentary presents artists who have drawn on their visual impairments to forge or redefine their creative sensibilities.

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‘Love, Antosha’ Review: A Heartbreaking Look at an Actor’s Too-Short Life
Movies, August 8

Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the J.J. Abrams-produced “Star Trek” films, assembled an eclectic filmography before his death at 27 in 2016.

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Review ‘The Kitchen’: Three Caged Birds Go Wildly, Witlessly Free
Movies, August 7

Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss play mob wives who take over the family business.

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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Review: Rock-em-Sock-em Bromance
Movies, August 1

This “Fast & Furious” spinoff featuring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham veers awfully close to rom-com territory.

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‘La Flor’ Review: Four Women in Search of a Movie
Movies, August 1

Mariano Llinás’s 13-hour cinematic puzzle is a labor of love and obsession.

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‘The Son’ Review: She’s Having a Baby (Without You)
Movies, August 1

Where “Rosemary’s Baby” preyed on a mother’s loss of agency over her child, this Argentine thriller toys with a father’s utter superfluousness.

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‘Tel Aviv on Fire’ Review: Mideast Conflict as Soap Opera and Farce
Movies, August 1

Sameh Zoabi’s new film is less incendiary, and quite a bit funnier, than its title might suggest.

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‘The Nightingale’ Review: A Song of Violence and Vengeance
Movies, August 1

Jennifer Kent follows “The Babadook” with a harrowing, politically charged tale of sexual and racial brutality in 19th-century Tasmania.

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‘The Operative’ Review: High on Espionage, Low on Surprise
Movies, August 1

A bit of suspense and a good Diane Kruger performance notwithstanding, this thriller doesn’t have much new to offer.

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‘Piranhas’ Review: Junior Mafia
Movies, August 1

It’s tough turf in the towns around Naples, Italy, and one teen aspires to take them over and become a crime kingpin in this drama.

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‘Luce’ Review: A Star Student Tests His Teacher’s Limits
Movies, August 1

To say that this feature unfolds like a play is both accurate and undersells just how gorgeously it has been rendered for the screen.

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‘Ladyworld’ Review: Fresh Talents Prove Themselves in a Twist on ‘Lord of the Flies’
Movies, August 1

Teenage girls, trapped and left to fend for themselves, establish a small, precarious society in Amanda Kramer’s film.

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‘A Score to Settle’ Review: Vengeance Is Fine
Movies, August 1

As a dying mobster of dubious mental clarity, Nicolas Cage could not be more perfect for Shawn Ku’s loopy revenge thriller.

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‘Them That Follow’ Review: Hiss of Death
Movies, August 1

A snake-handling Pentecostal pastor’s daughter faces a familiar romantic predicament in this dreary Appalachian tragedy.

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‘Jay Myself’ Review: A Photographer Parts With His SoHo Paradise
Movies, July 30

This documentary about Jay Maisel shows how a six-story building became his nest and a space for his hoardings.