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It’s got a Mad Libs script cobbled together around ABBA lyrics, but “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is irresistible fun. more

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Get ready for the March 4 Academy Awards with this handy guide to Isthmus’ reviews of the Best Picture nominees. more

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“Call Me by Your Name” is languid and tender coming of age story set in the Italian countryside. It features perfect performances by Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg. more

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Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig deliver their career bests in Mike Mills’ delicate and autobiographical “20th Century Women.” The film depicts a family and a culture on the verge of change. more

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“Star Trek Beyond,” the third film of the franchise reboot, lavishes attention on the massive-scale stuff, but the human side — the tending to these tiny animate beings we’ve been watching for 50 years — feels less carefully considered. more

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“The Secret Life of Pets” unleashes an adorable bunch of creatures on New York City’s boroughs. The film paints the city with an ecstatic brush, and Kevin Hart gives voice to Bunny Snowball, a fuzzy bundle of class outrage. more

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Greta Gerwig is at her best in the lovingly rendered screwball comedy “Maggie’s Plan.” more

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“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” is a new music biz mockumentary from the Lonely Island comedy trio. It doesn’t feel all that exaggerated compared to pop music’s real-life absurdities, but the actors and singers seem to enjoy each other a lot. more

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Based on an unpublished Jane Austen novel, “Love & Friendship” is a delightful comedy of manners, starring Kate Beckinsale as the scheming Lady Susan Vernon. more

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In the stop-motion wonder “Anomalisa,” a customer service expert finds love amid the numbing sameness of a hotel convention. It’s the latest from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. more

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“I’ll See You in My Dreams” stars an exquisite Blythe Danner as a longtime widow whose routine is disrupted by a pool boy and a man with a magnificent mustache. more

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Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina features a discomfiting portrayal of artificial intellligence. more

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Short films often get short shrift amid all the hoopla surrounding "Best Picture" and "Best Actor" at the Academy's awards show. But the variety of films nominated in the shorts categories proves that Oscar still gives a damn about the little things. more

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Set in the semi-lawless New York City of 1981, "A Most Violent Year" is about an immigrant entrepreneur trying to expand his heating-oil business while fending off near-daily hijackings of his delivery trucks. more

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Is "The Imitation Game" gay enough? That's not a flippant question; I fretted about it both times I watched the movie. Its subject, Alan Turing, was a pioneering figure in computer science who led the covert group at Bletchley Park that broke the Naz more

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If "Birdman" borrowed a cup of energy from its drum score, then "Whiplash", about a young jazz drummer at a cutthroat conservatory, steals a whole quart. I'm not sure the movie would work if it were about a soprano sax player studying smooth and mell more

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"Just who do you think you are?" Those seven words typically signal a taunt or a sneer. But in the darkly funny Swedish film "Force Majeure", they mark the collective "cri de coeur" of a couple perched on the lip of a major existential crisis. more

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As a teamwork training manual for young athletes, "When the Game Stands Tall" may be useful viewing, but as a gripping drama, it's dodgy at best. Loosely based on sportswriter Neil Hayes' book about high school football coach Bob Ladouceur, who led his De La Salle Spartans to a historic 151-game winning streak, the script (by Scott Marshall Smith) wisely includes the game that broke the streak. more

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An espionage thriller adapted from John Le Carré's 2008 novel, "A Most Wanted Man" opens on a battered sea wall in Hamburg, Germany, a port city on high alert after Mohamed Atta and his co-conspirators plotted the Sept. 11 attacks there, undetected by German intelligence officers. more

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I'm not one of "Garden State"'s belated haters. Zach Braff's portrait of generational anomie and mid-Aughties indie-film mores was on point when it was released in 2004. But a decade's gone by, and things change. Whether Braff has changed too is another matter. His latest film, "Wish I Was Here", provides some clues. more

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