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‘Brooklyn’ and the Relentless Presence of Absence

The sisters' relationship is film's most vibrant, the most colorfully conveyed and most vivacious story. As absent as each is in her sister's life, she is also convincingly present.

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‘Tomorrowland’ Captures Sci-fi’s Shiny Surfaces but Misses Its Geeky Heart

Brad Bird’s message, with which he clubs the audience about the head and shoulders, is that we could have had jet packs, space travel, and all of that by now -- if only we hadn’t stopped believing.

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Delighfully Freaky Horror: Capturing the Drama and Surrealism of Dracula

The nightmare-inducing haunts of the infamous Count Dracula are brought to eerie new heights in the remastered Blu-ray release of Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula.

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‘The Overnight’ Is a Sure Sign That Mumblecore Has Lost Its Luster

The Overnight is one long tease without a satisfying payoff.

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‘Romeo is Bleeding’ Makes Art Out of Trauma

Romeo is Bleeding makes clear that life in Richmond, California is dire, that options are limited. However, life here also produces poetry.

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‘The Gift’ Examines Motivations and Culpability

The Gift is an absolutely fun thriller that is subtle, smart and worth every moment.

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Laurie Anderson’s Reflection on Life and Death, Love and Art

Heart of a Dog reveals the gorgeous and difficult and sometimes creepy thing about stories; they mix truth and fiction, they reveal and refract.

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‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ Careens Between Calamities

A campaign tour bus chase on a winding mountain road (with a mooning incident); personal confessions (lots of alcohol and tears) and; dark pronouncements about packaging and selling candidates.

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Stepping Out (and Stepping Back in Time) With a Few ‘Modern Girls’

A flashy relic from the '80s, Modern Girls is full of unrelenting, heedless energy, moving from setpiece to setpiece like a demented Bob Fosse number performed along Sunset Strip.

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‘Heart of Midnight’ Burns Slowly With Sex and Trauma

Vampishly smug and broodingly perverse, Heart of Midnight explores everything from childhood sexual trauma, post-'70s feminism, and Euro-trash horror.

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In ‘Truth’, Melodrama Becomes Her

Truth presents Peabody Award-winning journalist Mary Mapes as courageous and smart, but she's also the central figure in an awfully conventional melodrama.

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‘Breeders’ Isn’t Bad Enough to Be Good

Is this a porn film under the guise of trying to be serious? Or an attempt at a serious film from a director too used to directing porn?

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“Southpaw’s” Punches Are Too Predictable

Jake Gyllenhaal's performance is the only shining light in a film that relies too heavily on clichés.

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‘Steve Jobs’ Is Really the Story of a Father and Daughter

In Danny Boyle's film, Steve Jobs sees himself in his daughter Lisa, yet he can't fathom the damage he embodies or the crises he creates in that relationship -- or the imagination he so profoundly lacks.

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In ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, Reality Is Depicted by Escape From Reality

Wes Anderson’s movies do a better job at expressing and exploring what it means to be human than many of the so-called realistic movies that are too often presumed to have more depth.

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‘Steve Jobs’ Doesn’t Understand Steve Jobs

Aaron Sorkin’s aggressively stagey and strangely bullying biopic fails to comprehend either its subject’s cruelty or genius.

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London Film Festival 2015: ‘A Bigger Splash’

Luca Guadagnino delivers the sexiest film of this year's LFF with the unruly but seductive sunny noir A Bigger Splash.

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‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Is Strong Where It Matters

For all of its moments of genuine heartbreak, this film is really good at being funny without being ingratiating.

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‘Goosebumps’ Delivers the Shivers in a Thoroughly Delightful Way

This is the kind of movie that reminds viewers of how much fun being frightened can be.

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There’s a Lot of Fiction Going on in ‘Bridge of Spies’

This case is based on fictions, on agreements that multiple governments are spying on one another, crafting and selling secrets, trading in human beings, and profiting from military-corporate-ever-unofficial deals.

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