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The Working Man’s Heist in ‘The Asphalt Jungle’

The heist film finds its genesis in John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle, a top-notch and unglamorous depiction of criminal life in the city.

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The Totemic Mother and Father of ‘The Squid and the Whale

Our parents loom over us, first literally and then figuratively, for the entirety of our existence.

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Ben Affleck’s ‘Live By Night’ Is a Lax Effort at Making Sense of Complex Ideas

Live by Night is good at era-appropriate garb, but its adaptation of Dennis Lehane's story lacks anything remotely close to sizzle or scope.

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In Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’, Is God Even Listening?

Hunted Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan wrestle with the possibility that all their suffering, and that of their persecuted followers, could be meaningless.

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‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe’ Delivers on the Shivers—Until It Decides to Explain Things

When it works, it works magnificently. When it doesn't, it only has itself, and it's overreaching screenplay, to blame.

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‘Sing’ Can Be Silly, But It’s Still Fun

While it may seem like an odd comparison, Sing is a lot like Peter Jackson's deranged puppet production, Meet The Feebles.

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‘When Comedy Was King’, or, How to Corrupt Young Minds

You know what they say, "He who laughs the loudest lives the longest."

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‘I, Daniel Blake’: Man vs State

Ken Loach’s heartrending drama follows a widowed British carpenter struggling to keep an inhuman social services bureaucracy from turning him into just another number.

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‘Patriots Day’ Is Heavy With Exasperating Fiction

Tommy (Mark Wahlberg) embodies a troubling fiction, the one where one man can "fix it". Sometimes, that fiction is inspiring. Sometimes, it's exasperating.

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‘Passengers’ Asks, Are You Willing to Ruin Someone Else’s Life to Save Your Own?

Passengers raises worthy questions about social arrangements in the future.

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Intelligent ‘80s Sci-fi Films, ‘Man Facing Southeast’ and ‘The Quiet Earth’, Question Life on Earth

These two films, now on Blu-ray, are early examples of dwelling in the possibility of multiple subjective realities.

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Pathos and Pride in Denzel Washington’s ‘Fences’

As director and star of this powerful adaptation of August Wilson’s canonical play, Denzel Washington plays a brash talker masking a world of misery and secrets, with an unforgettable pathos.

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In ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ Coming of Age Becomes a Wonderful Adventure

Set against a magical backdrop in the New Zealand bush, Hunt for the Wilderpeople offers a perfect balance of silly and lovely that makes it an irresistible adventure.

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‘Goat’ Is a Film for its Time

Goat's universal horror is not its grisly depiction of "hell week" hazing, but the conditions that drive kids into the self-flagellation it requires.

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‘Barry’ Delivers Insights Into a Young Barack Obama

This is a film that wants to paint an impression of our current President without bogging down the narrative with unnecessary excess.

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‘Collateral Beauty’ Is Obsessed With Stringing Together Oscar Moments

Director David Frankel’s saccharine drama about love and loss will stop at nothing to make you cry.

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Filming the Blank Spaces of Existence in ‘Nestor

Nestor, meticulously photographed, invites us to dwell in the wide stretches of blank time we inhabit and ignore.

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Star Wars ‘Rogue One’: The Force Is Weak With This One

Director Gareth Edwards’ disappointing sci-fi actioner has little merit beyond its famous pedigree.

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Shows There’s Life in Star Wars Yet… Barely

If nothing else, Gareth Edwards’ combative, hard-working installment answers why the Death Star was so easy to destroy in the first place.

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Shirley Clarke’s Films Collected and Restored

Every short film, documentary and home movie here tells you something about this indefatigable dynamo and largely overlooked artist.

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