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‘Kinetta’ Review: Cryptic Seeds of Yorgos Lanthimos’s Imagery
Movies, Today

Set around a Greek seaside resort, the now-acclaimed director’s 2005 movie bears inklings of ideas he would explore more fully later.

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‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Review: Sleep, Sleep, My Lovelies
Movies, Today

Angelina Jolie returns as the powerful, dangerous fairy in this tame, disappointing follow-up to the 2014 revisionist hit.

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‘The Elephant Queen’ Review: Magnificent Images of Majestic Animals
Movies, Today

In footage shot over several years, this documentary follows a herd of elephants across the Kenyan savanna.

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‘The Cave’ Review: Do No Harm, for as Long as Possible
Movies, Today

Feras Fayyad’s new documentary takes viewers into a subterranean Syrian hospital, as warplanes rumble overhead and bombings rattle the walls.

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‘#Female Pleasure’ Review: Fighting the Patriarchy
Movies, Today

Barbara Miller’s humane profile of five women fighting back against sexism and misogyny is a hopeful, clearheaded confessional.

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‘Serendipity’ Review: Turning a Cancer Diagnosis Into Art
Movies, Today

In her new documentary, the sculptor Prune Nourry explores how her work evolved after a breast cancer diagnosis.

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‘Greener Grass’ Review: Life Is (Not) Beautiful
Movies, Today

Burying itself in weirdness and absurdity, this oddball movie follows two soccer moms through a surreally competitive suburban hell.

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‘By the Grace of God’ Review: A Devastating Film About Survivors of Abuse
Movies, Today

The often irreverent French director François Ozon gets serious with a fact-based story about a group of men who were childhood victims of a pedophile priest.

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‘Tell Me Who I Am’ Review: Twin Brothers Face an Awful Truth
Movies, Today

This documentary about siblings and irrevocable memory loss is sad and eerie to the extent that you wish it were fiction.

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‘Cyrano, My Love’ Review: A Nose for Romance
Movies, Today

This superficial take on the writing and initial staging of “Cyrano de Bergerac” is a whirlwind of soapy declarations and backstage chaos.

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‘The Lighthouse’ Review: Dark Nights, Troubled Souls, Hairy Men
Movies, Yesterday

Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe play antagonistic lighthouse keepers in a twisted tale of men and loneliness.

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‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Review: Back to Crack Wise and Crush Skulls
Movies, Yesterday

After 10 years, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin are still murdering the pop-culture clichés.

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Two Films From Rosine Mbakam Explore West African Women’s Identity
Movies, October 15

‘The Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman’ and ‘Chez Jolie Coiffure’ offer Cameroonian women the chance to speak for themselves.

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‘Stuffed’ Review: There’s Artistry in That Plumage
Movies, October 15

This documentary makes the case for taxidermy as a cuddly profession.

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‘Jexi’ Review: When a Smartphone Calls You Dumb
Movies, October 11

Rose Byrne voices a very aggressive virtual phone assistant who roasts Adam Devine in this comedy from the writers of “The Hangover.”

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‘The Addams Family’ Review: A Mostly Snappy Reboot
Movies, October 10

This animated film from the directors of “Sausage Party” is pretty much the diversion you would expect.

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‘Little Monsters’ Review: Zombies Hunger Down Under
Movies, October 10

Lupita Nyong’o saves kindergartners from zombies — and the movie from total schlock — in this wan Australian horror comedy.

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‘The King’ Review: Once More Unto the Breach (but Why?)
Movies, October 10

In this period drama, Timothée Chalamet plays the prince who becomes King Henry V (with little help from Shakespeare).

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‘Parasite’ Review: The Lower Depths Rise With a Vengeance
Movies, October 10

In Bong Joon Ho’s new film, a destitute family occupies a wealthy household in an elaborate scheme that goes comically — then horribly — wrong.

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‘In My Room’ Review: Alone Again, Unnaturally
Movies, October 10

A mass extinction forces a miserable man to dramatically reshape his life in Ulrich Köhler’s uncommonly subtle character study.

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‘Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus’ Review: Serge Gainsbourg’s Oddball Directorial Debut
Movies, October 10

The 1976 film, which features a young Jane Birkin and Joe Dallesandro, debuts in New York in a new restoration this week.

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‘The Sky Is Pink’ Review: A Story Told From the Grave
Movies, October 10

A genetic condition steals a child’s life, but before it does, her mother, with grand gestures, ensures her days are packed with happiness.

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‘Lucky Day’ Review: A Revenge Film That Won’t Grow Up
Movies, October 10

Roger Avary’s new movie doesn’t add up to much more than scenes of breathtaking violence sprinkled with tasteless sexual humor.

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‘Emanuel’ Review: Race, Religion, Thoughts and Prayers
Movies, October 10

Through interviews with victims’ families, survivors and others, Brian Ivie’s documentary revisits the 2015 massacre at a historic black church in Charleston.

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‘Fantastic Fungi’ Review: The Magic of Mushrooms
Movies, October 10

Louie Schwartzberg’s informative and kooky documentary offers nothing less than a model for planetary survival.

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‘Mary’ Review: Death and the Maiden (Voyage)
Movies, October 10

Recycled scares and a slew of visual clichés trap Emily Mortimer and Gary Oldman in this standard-issue possession tale.

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‘Gemini Man’ Review: That Assassin Looks a Lot Like Will Smith
Movies, October 9

This globe-trotting action thriller directed by Ang Lee is largely forgettable, except for one co-star.

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‘Lucy in the Sky’ Review: Bad Romance, Astronaut Edition
Movies, October 3

A story that captured the public imagination (it’s the one with the diapers) makes for a messy movie.

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‘Joker’ Review: Are You Kidding Me?
Movies, October 3

Todd Phillips’s supervillain origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix is stirring up a fierce debate, but it’s not interesting enough to argue about.

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‘Pain and Glory’ Review: Almodóvar’s Dazzling Art of Self-Creation
Movies, October 3

Antonio Banderas plays a filmmaker in crisis in Pedro Almodóvar’s movie about loss, love, imagination and memory.

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‘In the Tall Grass’ Review: In the Heartland, a Field of Screams
Movies, October 3

Based on a novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill, this Netflix adaptation turns rural Kansas into an inescapable nightmare.

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‘Pretenders’ Review: A Little New Wave Love, a Lot of Misogyny
Movies, October 3

Directed by James Franco and featuring James Franco, this film indulges in a distasteful brand of nostalgia.

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‘On the President’s Orders’ Review: Police Unleashed on the Philippines
Movies, October 3

In roundabout fashion, a documentary examines the sources of the wave of extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte.

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‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Review: Eddie Murphy, Raw and Cooking
Movies, October 2

Murphy, Wesley Snipes and an ensemble of accomplices elevate a not-bad biopic of an unlikely blaxploitation auteur.

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‘Celebration’ Review: The Final Stand of Yves Saint Laurent
Movies, October 1

There’s little joy in this documentary, despite its title. But the movie is both revealing and beguiling.

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‘The Irishman’ Review: The Mob’s Greatest Hits, in a Somber Key
Movies, September 27

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s monumental, elegiac tale of violence, betrayal, memory and loss. It’s the opening-night movie at the New York Film Festival.

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‘In the Shadow of the Moon’ Review: A Twisty Romp Through Time and Genre
Movies, September 26

Jim Mickle’s unconventional serial-killer movie for Netflix is clever, if bloody messy.

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‘Sink or Swim’ Review: Pool Boys
Movies, September 26

In over their heads, these unlikely underwater artistes find their happy place.

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‘10 Minutes Gone’ Review: A Forgettable Shoot-’em-Up
Movies, September 26

Bruce Willis and Michael Chiklis star in this crime potboiler about a robbery gone wrong in Cincinnati.

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‘First Love’ Review: Eluding Assassins With the Help of a Boxer
Movies, September 26

The prolific director Takashi Miike delivers an unusually satisfying Japanese genre romp.

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‘The Golden Glove’ Review: Honka, Portrait of a Serial Killer
Movies, September 26

The movie, directed by Fatih Akin, ups the ante for grossness.

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‘Jim Allison: Breakthrough’ Review: Taking On Cancer
Movies, September 26

He won a Nobel Prize for his discoveries in immunotherapy. This documentary shows how he got there.

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‘Sister Aimee’ Review: Bible Belter
Movies, September 26

In this weird, erratic film, a famous evangelist and singer fakes her own death and heads for Mexico.

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‘The Day Shall Come’ Review: The Revolution Will Be Compromised
Movies, September 26

This cartoonish counterterrorism satire is a slapstick circus that can’t decide who is slapping whom.

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‘The Death of Dick Long’ Review: About Last Night …
Movies, September 26

Three young Alabama men have a less-than-enchanted evening in this dark comedy.

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‘Abominable’ Review: Are We There, Yeti?
Movies, September 26

Visual dazzle helps animate a familiar creature-rescue story.

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‘The Laundromat’ Review: Meryl Streep in a Cycle of Spin
Movies, September 25

In a film about the Panama Papers scandal, Steven Soderbergh convenes a seminar in international finance, with Antonio Banderas, Gary Oldman and Sharon Stone.

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‘Judy’ Review: The Singer (Disaster, Legend) at Rainbow’s End
Movies, September 25

Renée Zellweger plays Judy Garland near the end of her life, when she grasped onto one more comeback and one last chance.

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‘Anthropocene: The Human Epoch’ Review: Global Warnings
Movies, September 24

This documentary narrated by Alicia Vikander captures alarming ways in which Earth’s natural beauty has been disturbed.

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‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Review: Taking a (Web) Show on the Road
Movies, September 20

Zach Galifianakis’s popular “Funny or Die” series has been turned into a road pic. Should it have been?

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‘Loro’ Review: A Corrupt Leader, and the People Who Love Him
Movies, September 19

Toni Servillo plays the former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Paolo Sorrentino’s extravagant portrait.

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‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Review: A Fixer’s Progress
Movies, September 19

A documentary traces the life and times of a notorious lawyer whose career stretched from Joseph McCarthy to Donald J. Trump.

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‘Rambo: Last Blood’ Review: Death Country for Old Men
Movies, September 19

While the killings in this continuation of Rambo saga are zestfully depicted, the movie overall is rote.

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‘Ad Astra’ Review: Brad Pitt Orbits the Powers of Darkness
Movies, September 19

The latest from the director James Gray centers on an astronaut whose mission into deep space becomes a voyage of self-discovery.

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‘Corporate Animals’ Review: Trust Falls at the Center of the Earth
Movies, September 19

Demi Moore plays the unpleasant boss of unpleasant people trying to survive after a cave collapses on a company retreat.

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‘Villains’ Review: Blundering Robbers Meet Their Match
Movies, September 19

The film zigzags between tones, zanily bouncing between comedy and horror-esque thrills.

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‘Always in Season’ Review: Lynching Is Not Just Part of America’s Past
Movies, September 19

Jacqueline Olive, who directed the documentary, makes a powerful case that such murders can and do happen today.

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‘Diego Maradona’ Review: A Soccer Player Who Got His Kicks
Movies, September 19

The filmmaker Asif Kapadia (who won an Oscar for “Amy”) cuts through the filler of conventional sports documentaries.

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‘Britt-Marie Was Here’ Review: Scrubbing Away Years of Indifference
Movies, September 19

In this Swedish comedy, a woman’s humdrum life changes when she takes on a job as a youth soccer coach.

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‘Zeroville’ Review: An Innocent Finds a New Religion
Movies, September 19

A near-catatonic James Franco plays a movie-obsessed innocent in “Zeroville,” a painful head trip through 1970s Hollywood.

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‘Downton Abbey’ Review: Back to the Past
Movies, September 18

From its spectacularly detailed aesthetic to the characters’ march down well-worn personality paths, the movie argues insistently for the status quo.

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‘Midnight Traveler’ Review: A Refugee Family’s Search for Safe Harbor
Movies, September 17

The global migration crisis comes into intimate view in this documentary about an Afghan family’s arduous journey toward asylum.