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Tribeca Film Fest 2016: ‘Fear, Inc.’ + ‘Always Shine’

Two movies at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, Fear, Inc. and Always Shine, want to explore audience expectations within the possibilities of the horror genre.

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Defining Spiritual Sequel in ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

The powerful timing of Richard Linklater’s take on '80s competitiveness in Everybody Wants Some!!

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‘Elvis & Nixon’ and Histories and Fates Captured in a Photo

Even as this film gets bogged down in jokes and speculations, it makes the point that performance is its own kind of truth.

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‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ Delivers a Failed Fairytale

Outside of simple spectacle, this film fails on every level.

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‘Sing Street’ Goes Back to the (Neo-Romantic) Future

Faith in the transformative power of music courses through Sing Street like an electric current.

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‘Men & Chicken’ Is as Enjoyable as It Is Absurd

Anders Thomas Jensen's latest film delivers a genre-bending story, a dark sense of humour, and a delightful cast of oddballs.

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‘Culloden’ and ‘The War Game’ Don’t Rewrite History, They Rewrite How We Can Learn From the Past

Peter Watkins' controversial BBC documentaries from the '60s still astound, startle, and disturb.

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In ‘Criminal’ Gal Gadot Is Surrounded by Galoots

Jill (Gal Gadot), who's really good at protecting her body, her home, and her child, adept with a gun and smart too, is nonetheless turned into a plot point.

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By Mixing Comedy With Social Commentary, ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ Finds Its Voice

With one foot in the contemporary and the other in the franchise's past, this latest installment of Barber Shop is fresh, funny, and not overly familiar.

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Jon Favreau Delivers a Future Family Classic With ‘The Jungle Book’

It may be a live action adventure, but The Jungle Book has all the magic of Disney's original animated effort, and much more.

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‘Try and Get Me’ Goes Where Most Films Fear to Tread

This overlooked noir film takes a disturbing look at ordinary American life, circa 1950.

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‘Green Room’ Strikes Visual and Emotional Balances

Jeremy Saulnier's film underscores the basic drives and manipulations of belonging, of social existence.

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Time and Place and ‘Counting’

In Counting, observation is transformed into a set of questions, ethical and aesthetic, political and practical.

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Criterion’s ‘Bicycle Thieves’ Captures the ‘Life as It Was’ Quality of the Film

Bicycle Thieves' exploration of the struggle of everyday people still resonates nearly 70 years later.

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The Arrow Must Fall: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’

Mockingjay Part 2 is an excellent finalé to the popular film series, but due to its nature as a second (or fourth) part, it can't stand on its own.

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Melissa McCarthy Is Terrific, ‘The Boss’ Not So Much

The comic actress is rapidly becoming the John Candy for a new generation, for all that's good and bad about the comparison.

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Instead of a Thrill Ride, ‘Hardcore Henry’ Is Nauseating Nonsense

Gamers may enjoy this exercise in exasperation. Everyone else needs to keep the Dramamine handy.

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‘Demolition’ Bulldozes Ahead

If you want to build your movie on a metaphor, you don't have to explain everything.

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7 Apr 2016 // 10:00 AM

‘Louder Than Bombs’ Is Rich With Visual Poetry

Joachim Trier’s English language debut plays with time and multiple perspectives to offer a lyrical meditation on the nature of grief.

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‘Paris Belongs to Us’ Sets the Blueprint for Things to Come

Jacques Rivette's engaging debut sees the New Wave master experimenting with the ingredients he perfected in later films.

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