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Gillian Robespierre’s sophomore film, “Landline,” is a sweet and melancholy comedy featuring the excellent Jenny Slate. more

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Pedro Almodovar’s mournful adaptation of three short stories by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro focus on a woman named Juliet Henderson at different times in her life. It is a straightforward and emotionally complex film. more

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Less than half a century ago, interracial marriage was illegal in 16 states. “Loving” is an unhurried account of the simple love affair that changed the nation. more

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“Southside with You,” a semi-fictionalized version of Michelle and Barack Obama’s first date, makes for a successful romantic comedy. more

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In “Captain Fantastic,” Viggo Mortensen plays the dogmatic father of a wild brood of children living off the grid in the Pacific Northwest. When the family is called to the city for a funeral, they find themselves outside their comfort zone. more

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In the heartfelt documentary “Dark Horse,” the residents of an economically depressed Welsh mining village pool their financial resources to breed a racehorse, fittingly named Dream Alliance. more

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Reality and fiction blur in “The Family Fang,” a dramedy about siblings (Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman) who grew up in a highly dysfunctional family, cast in their parents’ weird performance art pieces. more

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“Keanu” is a delightfully silly comedy about two relatively law-abiding average Joes (former Comedy Central duo Key & Peele) who pose as murderous drug dealers to rescue the kidnapped titular tabby from a life of crime. more

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The heart wants what it wants in “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” a gently lovesick dramedy about a guileless sexagenarian who decides to romantically pursue a much younger male co-worker. As the goofily endearing title character, Sally Field is perfect. more

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A landscape stunningly captured by cinematographer Salvatore Totino looms over “Everest,” the story of a disastrous 1996 climb. more

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There’s something refreshing about the old-fashioned way in which “Shaun the Sheep Movie” entertains, a mix of silly slapstick and sight gags combined with a gentle heart. more

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The Argentinian film "Wild Tales" is a sextet of short films infused with cinematic madness. more

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Sean Penn's craggy face in "The Gunman" is a roadmap of regret for a man haunted by a dark past. An ex-mercenary who assassinated a high-ranking official almost a decade ago returns to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for humanitarian reasons. more

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A palpable sense of doom hangs over the chilling "Foxcatcher", like a vulture resembling the beak-nosed billionaire John E. du Pont (a prosthetic-enhanced Steve Carell), who is at the story's twisted center. more

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"The Theory of Everything" delicately observes the boundless universe of love's possibilities: what we're willing to give, take and endure. Inspired by Jane Wilde Hawking's memoir about her life with former husband Stephen Hawking, the brilliant theo more

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"Need for Speed" celebrates reckless driving with the bloodless consequences of an Xbox game for 10-year-olds, probably because it's adapted from the video-racing series of the same name. It's a daredevil fantasy of sideswipes and smashups that never collides with the mangled reality of vehicular misfeasance. more

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Brutal yet elegant, "12 Years a Slave" is a beautifully rendered punch to the gut about the most shameful chapter in American history. It's based on the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northup, an educated freeman from Saratoga, N.Y., who endured a nightmare of involuntary servitude after being kidnapped. more

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"The Way, Way Back" taps into Generation X's nostalgia for the good ol' days, invoking Pac-Man and REO Speedwagon in a subtle homage to movies like "The Flamingo Kid", in which teenage boys experience transformative summers on their way to adulthood. But these pop-culture signifiers contribute little to this contemporary coming-of-age tale set in a sleepy Cape Cod beach town. more

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"The Conjuring" uses every parlor trick imaginable to scare up a scream: deafening door-slams, ghostly apparitions, demonic cackling, levitating chairs. But the seen-it-before elements of this supernatural thriller, directed by "Saw"'s creator, are more hoary than horrific. It might as well be retitled "The Amityville Exorcist". more

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The romantic banter in Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" flutters and flirts as it navigates a course of love that never runs smooth. It's a breath of fresh air in a dreary catalog of films based on Shakespeare's plays that either sag under the weight of the Bard's language or sacrifice the poetry in those words in the pursuit of realness. more

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