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‘The Connection’ Makes Familiar Paths Exciting Again

Although there's not much new in its' story, the way that director Cédric Jimenez balances formal style and emotional substance makes The Connection a worthwhile watch.

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The New ‘Poltergeist’ Is Stylish and Only Slightly Stupid

“Isn’t it like, you know, very uncool to move all those bodies and…” “Well, it’s not like it was an ancient tribal burial

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A Practically Impossible Friendship: The 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of ‘The Bear’

Jean-Jacques Annaud's classic naturalist dramatization of a "practically impossible friendship" between two bears gets a visual update but retains all its original emotion.

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‘The Other Man’ Examines Apartheid’s End and a Principal Architect of That Demise

An intriguing documentary about the fall of apartheid and the politician who engineered his own exit, this film teeters the thin line between success and failure, often falling one way or the other throughout.

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‘Day for Night’ Is a Film Master’s Passionate Ode to His Craft

François Truffaut never produced a more meaningful or downright entertaining tribute to the art of film and filmmaking than 1973's Day for Night.

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‘The Killers’ DVD Is a Double Whammy

Criterion brings two film versions, one a classic and one a misfire, of Ernest Hemingway's short story, "The Killers".

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The Political Allegory in ‘White God’ Has Quite the Bite

White God ferociously tells a universal story about the ties that bind us, and the forces that try to tear them apart.

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‘Timbuktu’ Sends a Powerful Message About Jihadism

Timbuktu isn’t just a film about jihadism. It’s a film about the vibrant cultures jihadism can eradicate if it continues to spread.

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‘It Follows’ Has a Deep Dread on Its Mind

This movie is often creepy and unnerving, but it's not unbearably terrifying, if only because Mitchell's distinctive voice as a filmmaker is such a pleasure to behold.

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Soldiers vs. Werewolves in the Scottish Highlands

Through their relentless bloodlust and willingness to organize and plot with their own kind, these werewolves are, in many ways, like us.

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Sexual Horror in ‘Valerie and Her Week of Wonders’

This film presents adolescent desires as if it were a raging ocean of mercury – beautiful and deadly all at once.

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On Miyazaki’s Gross, Funny and Touching ‘Spirited Away’

The imagination of the film is unparalleled, but what truly makes Spirited Away a masterpiece is how it imbues the fantastic with so much real feeling.

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‘Report to the Commissioner’ Explores Personal Politics on the Force

New York City's seedy underbelly of pimps and prostitutes is explored in this crime drama of police department politics.

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‘Mommy’ Is an Overpraised Mess of a Movie

Middlebrow, glib, and unjustifiably pleased with itself, the winner of the Cannes Jury Prize arrives on DVD.

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Dziga Vertov’s ‘The Man With the Movie Camera’ Remains a Fascinating Documentary

Dziga Vertov believed that the camera could function as an extension of the human eye, and could see and record a truth that the ordinary human eye would miss.

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A Cumbersome Crime Drama, ‘The Onion Field Boasts’ Impressive Performances

A frustrating and demanding watch, The Onion Field constantly shifts in mood and structure, making for a very uneven drama.

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‘Boychoir’ Can’t Sing Its Way Out of Trouble

Magic as long as the singing lasts, the rest of Boychoir is let down by half-conceived characters and skeleton sub-plots.

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The Emotional Depth of ‘The Last Five Years’ Helps Elevate Its Simple Narrative

Even when narrative tension is lacking, The Last Five Years benefits from the convincing performances of its lead actors.

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‘Hyena’ Is an Adult Crime Drama That Will Shock and Dismay

Gerard Johnson's portrait of an even worse lieutenant never seeks to ingratiate itself or pander to audience expectations.

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In ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart Have Electrifying Chemistry

Less Birdman and more Bergman, Clouds of Sils Maria delves deeply into the complex psychology of its characters.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

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