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    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Ought to Make You Roll Your Eyes, and Yet …Our nicest Hollywood star playing our nicest-ever children’s show host: there’s peer pressure to succumb.
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    Waves Is Gorgeous and Frustrating — Great Soundtrack, ThoughKelvin Harrison Jr. and Taylor Russell play siblings in a bifurcated movie with style to burn and shakier credibility.
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    The Report Is a Dry, Arm’s-Length Movie That Seeps Into Your BloodAccidentally or on purpose (or a bit of both), Scott Z. Burns’s movie reminds us how hard it is to be a whistle-blower.
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    Ford v Ferrari Is an Old-fashioned RouserJames Mangold doesn’t misuse his head-rattling techniques. He brings a lot of new-fashioned virtuosity, too.
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    The Empty Corporate Feminism of Charlie’s AngelsIn Elizabeth Banks’s reboot of the women detective franchise, girl power feels less like a guiding principle than something you’d stick on a T-shirt.
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    In Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach’s Self-Pity Comes With Stretches of BrillianceThe best parts of this divorce saga are the small moments that resonate like mad.
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    Last Christmas Is a Mess, But It’s a Lovable OnePaul Feig and Emma Thompson’s holiday movie has way too much going on — but sometimes you just have to surrender to the excess.
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    Doctor Sleep Is a Horror Film of Messy PleasuresMike Flanagan’s spiritual sequel to The Shining is elevated by great performances. But King’s and Kubrick’s legacies loom large.
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    Shia LaBeouf Uses Filmmaking As Radical Therapy in Honey BoyThe actor attempts to understand his troubled father by becoming him in an autobiographical movie that’s a lot more than celeb self-indulgence.
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    Harriet Can’t Conjure the Humanity of Its Iconic LeadKasi Lemmons’s film, starring Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman, brings up a lot of questions about the purpose of slavery epics.
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    Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman Is His Most Satisfying Film in DecadesThe director has made his most stylishly daring movie: one that is pointedly sapped of style.
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    Paradise Hills Isn’t As Fun As It Sounds, But It Sure Looks PrettyIf the movie, starring Emma Roberts, were as sharp as its visuals, it’d have a guaranteed future as a cult classic.
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    Nadav Lapid’s Synonyms Is a Dream, Then a Dance, Then an Existential ThreatThe artful, elliptical film tells the story of a young Israeli man trying to shed his identity in Paris.
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    The Current War Is an Absorbing Biopic That Never Quite Snaps Into FocusWhile alternating current is a fine principle for lighting the world, movies require a current more direct.
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    The Jesus Is King Movie Is for Kanye Completists OnlyWhich, like, obviously.
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    Dolemite Is My Name Gives Eddie Murphy a Second ActThe writers of Ed Wood provide the actor with his best material in years.
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    Isabelle Huppert Arranges a Morbid Family Vacation in FrankieThe French legend plays a terminally ill actress in Ira Sachs’s frustratingly understated ensemble drama.
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    In Terminator: Dark Fate, the Cornball Franchise Returns With a VengeanceThe sixth — er, thirdTerminator film has gotten much better reviews than it deserves, but I understand why people want to embrace it.
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    The Lighthouse Is About the Horror of RoommatesMermaids, hallucinations, bodily fluids — in Robert Eggers’s movie, the most frightening thing of all is having to share your space with someone.
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    Even If You Don’t Love Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, You’ll Love That It ExistsFor extratextual reasons, support your local Nazi comedy.
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    Stop Trying to Make Zombieland: Double Tap HappenThis sequel to Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone’s 2009 Zombieland has been in the works forever — but, watching it, it’s hard to understand why.
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    In Maleficent 2, Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer Lose Out to CGI FlowersThe main allure of this movie is the chance to watch its two powerhouses vamp across the screen. Why won’t Disney let us live?
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    Not Even Lupita Nyong’o and her Ukulele Can Save Little MonstersThe zombie movie, now streaming on Hulu, is an unhinged horror-comedy that never quite settles in.
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    Gemini Man Is Not a Great Action Movie, But It Is a Weirdly Tender OneWill Smith is less interesting in his action sequences than in his curiously melancholy scenes with his de-aged self.
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    Parasite Is an Acid-Black Comedy That Eats at the MindAt the heart of Bong Joon-ho’s latest film is the most gnawing evolutionary fear of all.
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    In The King, Timothée Chalamet’s Emo Angst Is UnderwhelmingDavid Michôd’s Netflix movie is a dull morality play — with one exception: a Plantagenet Jack Reacher moment.
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    Let’s Talk About the Other Creepy Clown MovieThere are Joker fans, and then there are the disciples of Wrinkles the Clown.
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    Pain and Glory Is the Most Emotionally Naked Movie Pedro Almodóvar Has Ever MadeIt’s not quite autobiographical, but a fictional alter ego story, a vessel through which the director can confess his doubts and regrets.
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    Natalie Portman Gives an Astronomically Intense Performance in Lucy in the SkyEven when we don’t know what the hell is going on in Noah Hawley’s astronaut epic, Portman is a blast.
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    Joker Is One Unpleasant Note Played Louder and LouderJoaquin Phoenix is impressive, but the film panders to selfish, small-minded feelings of resentment.
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    Judy Is More Interested In The Tragedy Of Judy Garland Than Her HumanityBut that’s not going to get in the way of Renée Zellweger’s award season.
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    In Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, the Meek Are Absolutely ScrewedIs The Laundromat a poor man’s The Big Short? I would say it’s a heavily mortgaged middle-class man’s The Big Short, and that’s not such a bad thing.
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    The Death of Dick Long Is a Delirious Symphony of StupiditySwiss Army Man co-director Daniel Scheinert returns to Sundance with a more modest effort that’s still plenty weird in its own right.
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    Downton Abbey Cordially Invites You to Fall in Love With It AgainThe movie is basically a bigger, grander episode of the TV show. In a good way.
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    Rambo: Last Blood and the Limits of the Macho-Male FantasyNo, I don’t know why I had high hopes for Sylvester Stallone’s latest.
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    Ad Astra Is Mostly Brad Pitt and Nothing ButJames Gray, even more successfully than in Two Lovers and The Lost City of Z, steeps you in his protagonist’s psyche.
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    It’s Between Two Ferns, for Crying Out LoudShoddiness is built into its philosophy, and things like production value, sharp scripting, and delicate acting would only degrade the project.
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    Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro Made Me Feel Dirty. I Can’t Wait to See It Again.Loro shows how Silvio Berlusconi created a reality-distortion field around him. Sound familiar?
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    In Hustlers, Jennifer Lopez Proves the Power of the Movie StarLorene Scafaria’s glittering crime spectacle revolves around Lopez’s magnetic performance.
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    The Goldfinch: When Adaptation Is Way Too ReverentThe movie is too artful to deserve outright rejection, but too arty to keep you from saying, “What did I just see?”
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    What Fresh Hell Is This?In honor of the late Daniel Johnston, we’re revisiting the 2006 documentary that brought his defiant life to screen.
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    In the Brief, Sad Hope Gap, Annette Bening Gives a Fascinating PerformanceWilliam Nicholson’s autobiographical English drama, co-staring Bill Nighy, premiered at TIFF.
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    A Sentimental It Chapter Two Needed More PennywiseAndy Muschietti’s second movie lacks the horror and gravitas of its predecessor.
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    Official Secrets Is a Low-key, Paranoid Procedural Drama Done WellPasty white men debate whether a Bush-era whistle-blower, Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), is a hero or a traitor.
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    Don’t Let Go Reveals the Limits of Color-blind Casting and WritingIt is as if Hollywood believes that blackness can be shrugged off, exorcised from the lives of characters.
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    Brittany Runs a Marathon Is a Conflicted Go-for-It MovieDirector Paul Downs Collaizo and star Jillian Bell dare to tell an emotionally convoluted story.
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    American Factory Gestures Toward the End of the Working World As We Know ItThe Obamas’ Netflix doc is an eye-opening prelude to the rise of machines.
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    Ready or Not Is a Brutal Evisceration of Marriage and the RichFor all the blood and mayhem, it is Samara Weaving’s guttural scream that forces us to bear witness to the horrors of institutions.
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    Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Nowhere, Damn ItNot even Cate Blanchett can save this out-of-focus adaptation.
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    Comedies End With Weddings, But After the Wedding Is No ComedyBart Freundlich’s family drama hasn’t been well-received, but tearjerkers rarely have this kind of stuffing.
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