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This long-awaited biopic focuses too much on the minutiae and too little on Tupac Shakur's riveting life.

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Jacques Demy's dazzling musical explores a realistic side of love -- one that doesn’t always lead to a happy ending.

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The Second Time Around: An Interview with Tuxedo

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'Fences' Finds the Beauty in Family Tragedy

Despite plodding direction, the resonant themes and rich performances of Denzel Washington and Viola Davis turn this stage play into a powerhouse melodrama.

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'Allied' and the Tired Fumes of Nostalgia

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The late director's sprawling adaptation remains the ultimate tabloid film noir.

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Painful Humor and Euphoric Pleasure In 'Punch-Drunk Love'

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Artful Conversation in 'The Return of Rubén Blades'

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New Additions to Netflix Worth Watching in September

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Frank Ocean: Blonde (take 2)

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PartyNextDoor: PartyNextDoor 3

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