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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Comically Bad

Matthew Vaughn’s hyper-kinetic spy comedy can’t decide if it’s a lighthearted spoof of the Bond films it obviously loves, or a smug and ironic takedown of espionage thrillers.

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TIFF 2017: ‘The Royal Hibiscus Hotel’

Though a typical rom-com, Ishaya Bako's film is never boring.

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Good, Bad Place: Season One of ‘The Good Place’ Upended Expectations

Michael Schur's sinister community design used the ideals of the American Dream to fool its characters and its audience; what sort of critique will be built into season two?

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Lose Yourself: Dir. Benjamin Barfoot and Writer Danny Morgan on Comedy-Horror Flick, ‘Double Date’

"...[My] theory is people do their best stuff when they lose themselves. So I hold on really tight and then let go because that’s when an interesting chemistry starts to happen."

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On Passing Gas and the Time in Yasujiro Ozu’s ‘Good Morning’

Ozu’s Good Morning demonstrates that platitudes such as “hello” and “good morning” are not merely pleasantries, they are acts of reconnaissance.

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TIFF 2017: Le Redoutable

Blinded by love for Godard, Le Redoutable is an uncritically sexist bore.

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‘The Teacher’ Shows That Communism’s Impact Still Resonates

Director Jan Hrebejk uses a Bratislavan high school to explore abuse of power and the effects of group complacency endemic to the time.

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Bond on Valium? This Game of ‘Hopscotch’ Is a Low-key but Entertaining Affair

A slow first act can't keep Walter Matthau from soaring as an opera-loving agent with no more license to kill.

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Cromulons and Headists: Finding Religion in ‘Rick and Morty’

Rick and Morty can't resist the tug of religion in its dark and expletive-filled sci-fi universe.

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‘Friends From College’ Is a Show About Identity That Fails to Establish Its Own

Netflix's new series stumbles with a season that's sometimes lovely but mostly messy.

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De Niro’s Rupert Pupkin Is Far More Menacing and Relevant Today Than His Travis Bickle

What is it about Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy that made its menace too intense for audiences than other gangster dramas of the '80s?

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‘Hopscotch’ is Anchored in Walter Matthau’s Playful, Irascible Personality

With his novel, Hopscotch, Brian Garfield challenged himself to write a suspenseful spy tale in which nobody gets killed.

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‘Logan Lucky’ Is an Oftentimes Funny Mishmash of Absurdism and Realism

Filled with colorful characters and playful plot twists, this hillbilly heist proves that Steven Soderbergh still loves a good con game.

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It’s No Joke: Why We Need ‘Take My Wife’

As Seeso shuts down, this excellent series is in need of a new home.

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The Relentlessly Hopeful Comedy of ‘The Last Leg’

Political comedy is necessary these days. But hope is even more so. Thankfully, The Last Leg provides both.

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Sacha Guitry’s ‘La Poison’ Is a Small, Sour Masterpiece of Provincial Satire

This is a very dark and sardonic explosion of all the polite conventions that grease society -- and other movies.

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Sympathy for the Devil: Two Supernatural Fantasies from René Clair

I Married a Witch and Beauty and the Devil enjoy sophisticated evil.

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‘Tampopo’ Serves Up Film Noir, Gangster and Western Tropes With Noodles

Viewers who like early Woody Allen will enjoy the humor in Tampopo.

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Oddballs on the Rise: Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary on SNL and ‘Brigsby Bear’

SNL star and writer Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary discuss the jump from live TV to making their first feature film, Brigsby Bear.

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Why It’s Too Late to Let Spider-Man Into the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Peter Parker of Homecoming doesn't resemble a superhero so much as an approval-starved, attention-seeking child.

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