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‘Before I Fall’ Can’t Break Free From Its Built-in YA Shackles

Before I Fall is more cinematically interesting than its contemporaries and boasts a solid lead performance from Zoey Deutch, but it's bogged down by teen-drama clichés.

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The Power of Small Acts of Kindness in ‘The King of New Orleans’

A tale of a man who talks people off ledges -- from the seat of his cab.

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Lady-Killer: Exploring Coming-of-Age Through Horror in ‘Lady in White’

Lady in White is a patiently-crafted example of how setting and atmosphere can supersede character and action in a story.

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The Indeterminate Terror of the Neighbor in Kurosawa’s ‘Creepy’

The horror of the neighbor is not what is seen but what remains hidden.

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‘Punching Henry’ and the Pains of Standup Comedy

Henry Phillips’ sequel to Punching the Clown revisits the difficulties of performing stand-up comedy (with his guitar,) but doesn't pose new questions about that experience.

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‘Get Out’ Is a Fantastic Freak-Out

Jordan Peele's new movie mixes humor, horror, and satire to create vital social commentary.

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‘Black Girl’ and the Ambiguous Nature of the Mask

Black Girl suggests that in its act of concealment the mask offers the revelation of the abyss that we truly are.

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‘Land of Mine’ Explores the Intolerable Costs of Nationalistic Vengeance

Land of Mine is perhaps the most powerful denunciation of nationalism's destructive force as we'll see on movie screens in 2017.

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Bloody ‘Logan’ Is a Worthy Sendoff for Hugh Jackman

Director James Mangold imagines a world in which superheroes must face their own mortality.

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There’s No Cure for Fakeness in ‘A Cure for Wellness’

Fox's unfortunate campaign for this film -- even the idea of it -- is exponentially more interesting than the film it meant to promote.

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The Fun Is Trapped on the Wrong Side of ‘The Great Wall’

The Great Wall strives to indict the selfish consumerism that defines Western culture, but its monsters get in the way.

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America’s Dirty Secrets Revealed in Robert Altman’s Short Cuts

Altman spent his entire career amplifying the hidden comedy in America’s soul. Short Cuts is his most sweeping and relatable sketch of the country caught off-guard.

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Ricky Gervais’ ‘David Brent: Life on the Road’ Will Make You Laugh Until You Cry, Cry, Cry

Ricky Gervais' most iconic character becomes his most tragic in this surprisingly dour mockumentary.

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‘Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes’ Is Supposed to be Hypnotic

The Reflektor Tapes is 66 minutes long but feels like three hours of pretension. The bonus concert film Live at Earl's Court is nearly two hours long but breezes by.

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‘Heart of a Dog’: The Sublime Journey of Lolabelle

Laurie Anderson's story of her rat terrier features moments of clever emotional connection.

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Race Explored With Different Degrees of Emphasis: ‘Pioneers of African-American Cinema’

Encompassing documentaries, silent comedy, melodramas and religious films, this collection of early cinema made by American-American filmmakers is fascinating viewing.

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On Bucking Up Against Tradition With Tradition

Loving is the amazing story of a time when two quiet people touched the future.

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The Cool Cats of Istanbul: ‘Kedi’

Beautifully framed images of humans interacting with stray cats tell stories of hope and survival in Istanbul.

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‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Is Therapy for the Caped Crusader

Chris McKay’s blast of comic-geek humor tweaks the Dark Knight’s gothic pretensions while teaching him the importance of that old Sesame Street standby: teamwork.

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Bunuel’s ‘Exterminating Angel’ Is a Source of Surrealist Satisfaction

By using obscure symbols and obtuse references, the filmmaker finds a way to turn a specific political problem into a universal pronouncement on people in general.

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