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On Robert Altman’s Subversive Anti-western, ‘McCabe & Mrs. Miller’

McCabe & Mrs. Miller toys with and subverts western tropes and traditions while flat out refusing to fall into others.

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‘Manchester By the Sea’ Is a Tragedy Bursting With Life

In Kenneth Lonergan’s intricate character study, Casey Affleck’s deadpan grief and humor remind us that he is among America's best actors.

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Miles Teller Is a Knockout in Boxing Tale, ‘Bleed for This’

Director Ben Younger delivers an entertaining reminder that defeat is only a temporary condition.

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‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Entertains and Frustrates in Equal Measure

J.K. Rowling mixes up a strange potion of Jumanji and Carrie.

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James Baldwin’s Resounding Words in ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

As James Baldwin reminds us, "History is not the past, it is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history."

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Slapstick, Thrills, Spooks and Camera Tricks in the 9.5mm Format

Indie entrepreneurs Undercrank Productions and Grapevine Video keep old silent films preserved for new generations.

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‘The Eagle Huntress’ Flies in the Face of Adversity

One of the most spectacularly cinematic sports on earth is highlighted in this real-life story of a girl who fought back gender oppression.

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Private Goes Public in Miklós Janscó‘s ‘Private Vices, Public Virtues’

With this highly contentious erotic drama, Miklós Janscó fashions a most insular story of sexual freedom with an impenitent degree of self-indulgence.

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‘Arrival’ Insists on Conversation, on Communication, on Sharing Experience

If we're thinking in circles, maybe this arrival was always in motion.

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‘Come and Find Me’ Is Good at Playing With Our Expectations

We are challenged to recalibrate our preconceptions of where this plot is going and to rethink the dynamics of the relationship between the two leads.

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Two Very Different Responses to ‘Easy Rider’: ‘Gas-s-s-s’ and ‘Little Fauss and Big Halsy’

American drifters aim for the vanishing point in these films.

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‘Songs My Brothers Taught Me’: Coming of Age on the Reservation

Chloé Zhao and her team have created an emotionally compelling neo-realist portrait of a family and their community experiencing the stresses and pressures of post-colonial life.

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‘Harmonies From Heaven’ Gives a Breakneck View of the Everly Brothers

A little too fast at times for the viewer to fully absorb, this BBC4 doc nevertheless reminds us of the power the Everlys wielded in their heyday.

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Harry Belafonte Fights Racism in ‘Odds Against Tomorrow’

By the late '50s, some Hollywood filmmakers were producing films that reflected changes in public attitudes and addressed the concerns of the nascent Civil Rights movement.

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‘Doctor Strange’ Stakes a Claim as Marvel’s Best

Long on imagination, fun, and interpersonal drama, director Scott Derrickson’s ethereal adventure also warps enough space-time to terrify Stephen Hawking.

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‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Is All Guts, No Glory

Mel Gibson’s directorial return is a celebration of violence and viscera that will leave you in serious need of a shower.

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‘13th’ Is a Powerful Entreaty for Americans to Get to Work on Fighting Racism

"We have more African Americans under criminal supervision than all the slaves back in the 1850s."

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‘Don’t Call Me Son’ Remains Perpetually on the Edge of Insight

In this story of child abduction, identity, and sexuality, Anna Muylaert seems interested in themes, like doubling or performing, more than the development of her characters.

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2 Nov 2016 // 8:30 AM

‘In a Valley of Violence’ Is More Like a Plateau of Platitudes

Is violence a tragedy or an existential condition? Is this a Western or a dark spoof on one?

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‘Kevin Hart: What Now?’ More Scattershot Comedy, That’s What

Far from wearing out his welcome, Hart the comedian must battle Hart the superstar for some of his stage time -- and he doesn't always succeed.

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