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The Vivid Walls That Surround Us All

The film of Roger Waters' staging of Pink Floyd's magnum opus includes interstitial pieces about Waters' father's death, and this Blu-ray release has copious bonus materials.

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‘Mustang’ Is a Joyful Tragedy

Deniz Gamze Ergüven's exuberantly defiant debut film follows five sisters who fight sexist traditions in a remote Turkish village.

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‘The World of Kanako’ Is a World of Stylized Insanity

Intense violence and a willingness to experiment with genre and style make The World of Kanako a film fit for both the arthouse and exploitation crowds.

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‘Stay As You Are’ Explores the Light and Dark of May-December Romances

Essentially the story of an older man’s attraction to a young college student, Stay As You Are plumbs the depths of age-disparity romances as much as it does questionable sexual practices.

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Igor Brings Special Insights to ‘Victor Frankenstein’

The film makes clear its own debt to monster movie history, but it remains caught in a universe where its most obvious love story can't speak its name.

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‘Spotlight’ Casts Its Gaze on Scandals Exposed and Stories Untold

In pursuing the story of abuse in the Catholic Church, Spotlight is much like other films that celebrate journalists and the 14th Amendment.

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A Very Special Christmas With Freddie  Mercury and Co.

Forty years after the release of A Night at the Opera we're treated to a powerful set from Queen, the best British band of the '70s, at the mighty Hammersmith Odeon.

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With ‘Creed’ Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Finds a Fitting Finalé

Make no mistake about it, Creed is not some elegy to a fallen superstar.

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‘Carol’ and Forbidden Romance

Todd Haynes' resonant period romance echoes Far From Heaven, but Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara elude that film’s glossy fatalism.

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It Looks Like Most Rock Docs and Feels Like Most Rock Docs—It’s ‘I Am Thor’

He’s a tank that keeps on plowing through the fields in the face of opposing forces, and it’s somehow admirable and inspirational that he hasn’t given up.

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The Third Time, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Is Not the Charm

The extended edition of the third Hobbit film is just as bloated as the second one, but the bonus features are a must-have if you're a fan of the film.

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‘Mimi and Dona’: Sunshine in Our Sorrow

At once hopeful and harrowing, Mimi and Dona looks at situations common in many families, situations concerning aging parents and children who need them.

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Eric Clapton: Slowhand at 70 - Live at Royal Albert Hall

In celebration of his 70th, Clapton returns to the main stage in fine form.

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The Emotional Pitch Can Run High in ‘A Room With a View’, But It’s Also a Very Funny Film

Ornate title cards place the filmmakers in a position similar to Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, enjoying the human carnival while at the same time proclaiming “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

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‘Secret in Their Eyes’ Brings on Reflections of Loss After 9/11

Billy Ray's movie uses the transition of post-9/11 fears into xenophobia and forever war as backdrop, but it focuses most intently on the distractions of a hideous murder case.

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2’: Jennifer Lawrence Is the Best Female Action Legend

Katniss is her own savior. She's also a hero for a demographic that sorely needs one.

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‘My Own Private Idaho’ Is Anything but a Conventional Narrative

Gus Van Sant's 'My Own Private Idaho' uses a variety of devices to keep viewers off balance.

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‘Democrats’: Ruffians, Pretenders, and Outcomes

Camilla Neilsson's brilliant Democrats follows the writing of Zimbabwe's first constitution over three years.

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A New Light Shines on ‘Full Moon in Paris’

Eric Rohmer's classic film resonates again in High Definition Blu-Ray.

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‘Difret’ Is the Story of Many Represented by the Story of One

Executive produced by Angelina Jolie Pitt, Difret is not one woman's story. Instead, it focuses on people cooperating across generations and classes to resist injustice against women.

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

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