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‘The Handmaiden’ is a Dark Carnival of Delights

Park Chan-wook’s elegantly mounted Gothic story surprisingly combines sensuous melodrama and a delightfully full-blown romanticism.

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Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo: A Madea Halloween’ Is Scary Good

By removing most of the "Go with God" material, the faith-based filmmaker has created his most consistent mainstream comedy to date.

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‘Patterns’ Examination of Corporate Culture Still Resonates

Patterns is, above all, a reflection on the human relationship with success, something Rod Sterling admittedly had a troubled relationship with in his career.

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The Coen Brothers’ ‘Blood Simple’ Beginnings

Don't let the word "simple" in the title fool you: even with their debut feature, the Coen Brothers were already refining their idiosyncratic calling cards.

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‘Autumn Lights’ Eschews Genre for Trivial Melancholy

In his debut feature, Angad Aulakh fails to provide engaging characters after turning his nose up at the sexy thriller that could've been.

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‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’, Please!

There isn’t a single moment of genuine peril in this listless action-thriller.

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‘American Pastoral’ Is Yet Another Lifeless Philip Roth Adaptation

Like so many before him, Ewan McGregor fails to do right by Philip Roth.

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‘Night Train to Munich’ Is a Journey Worth Taking

More than just a rerun of The Lady Vanishes, Night Train to Munich overcomes wobbly moments by being so persistently fun.

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What Happened, Miss Simone? Captures Its Subject in Stained Glass

This award-winning documentary raises the bar for how Simone is represented in popular culture and history books. It's now on DVD with a 15-song bonus CD.

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New York Film Festival 2016: ‘Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened’ + Aquarius’

A bittersweet documentary looks back at the Stephen Sondheim masterpiece that almost was, and Sonia Braga slaps old age (plus racism, classism, and Brazilian corruption) right in the face.

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‘The Innocents’ Brings Quiet Depth to Suffering in Silence

The Innocents is very much a story about what is going on beneath the surface, of reaction more than action, but its devastating power will demand your attention.

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Quiet and Beautiful, ‘Certain Women’ Is Observational Storytelling at Its Best

Kelly Reichardt has made some of the most powerful American movies in recent memory, and Certain Women may be her best.

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‘The Accountant’ Isn’t This Year’s ‘John Wick’, But It Will Do Nicely

Gavin O'Connor’s action-thriller is a glorious hodgepodge of graphic violence, dark humor, and gaping plot holes.

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The Kindness of Scoundrels: Douglas Sirk in the ‘40s

A Scandal in Paris and Lured mix Hollywood with European sensibility.

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Russ Meyer, the Auteur of Superfluity

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls shows Meyer editing his films in the manner of a coked-up, horny 17-year-old with ADD and a perverse obsession with Sergei Eisenstein.

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‘The Birth of a Nation’ Makes Visible a Movement That Can’t Wait

The Birth of a Nation, troubling and aspirational, exposes the need for intersectionality, now.

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For ‘The Girl on the Train’ the Next Stop Is Boredom

The Girl on the Train delivers mildly interesting voyeurism, at best.

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‘American Honey’ Is Beautifully Bittersweet

Arnold weaves an intricate, expansive teenage odyssey through middle-America's forsaken corners and cul-de-sacs.

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‘Don’t Think Twice’ Is a Frustratingly Accurate Exploration of Selfishness

Mike Birbiglia's second feature maintains audience engagement despite its frequently unlikable characters

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You Can Almost Feel the Desperation of Everyone Involved With ‘Masterminds’

Jared Hess’s snoozefest is a comedic black hole from which laughter cannot escape.

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