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    Netflix’s Over the Moon Is Visually Exquisite and (Sometimes) Quite MovingIt’s a fairy-tale about loss that becomes a boisterous techno-sci-fi extravaganza.
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    On the Rocks Is a Light Comedy About Some Heavy FeelingsRashida Jones and Bill Murray are a daughter and dad who turn up some repressed familial pain in Sofia Coppola’s new film, streaming on Apple TV+.
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    The Witches Contains the Most Extra Anne Hathaway Performance of All TimeI wouldn’t say it’s good, but it’s definitely big.
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    We Should Be Glad Borat Still ExistsHe might be a fake, but we’re still real, and that should be cause for concern.
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    Martin Eden Might Be the Best Film of the YearLuca Marinelli stars in a loose, agonizingly beautiful adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel.
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    Rebecca Is a Hollow, Turgid RetreadThe least this sexless Netflix version of Daphne du Maurier’s novel could do is to look lush and beautiful. Alas.
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    What the Constitution Means to Me Film Unleashes a Boiler Full of FlamesWhen everything feels too overwhelming to watch at home, Heidi Schreck’s Broadway show (streaming on Prime Video) hits the right chord of anger.
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    Honest Thief Is Dadsploitation in a Minor KeyYes, Liam Neeson is getting too old for this shit, but at least this movie realizes it.
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    Aaron Sorkin’s Annoying Tics Are Actually Good in The Trial of the Chicago 7The speeches, the grandstanding, the quips — they totally work in the context of this Netflix courtroom drama.
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    American Utopia Speaks to the Recent Past and, Even More, the PresentIn a way, even the Spike Lee–directed version of David Byrne’s Broadway show, streaming on HBO, allows us to “leave our homes.”
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    Did I See The War With Grandpa? I Don’t Remember.Paycheck De Niro is back, baby.
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    In the Extraordinary Doc Time, a Family Chronicles Two Decades of IncarcerationGarrett Bradley’s remarkable film folds together years of home-movie footage to provide a glimpse into activist Fox Rich’s fight for her family.
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    Hubie Halloween Lets Adam Sandler Be Adam Sandler AgainRejoice! The weird voice is back.
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    The Forty-Year-Old Version Isn’t the Quirky Underdog Comedy It Might Sound LikeGet past the goofy premise and Radha Blank’s debut, headed to Netflix, is about the frustrations of being a Black creator in a white theater scene.
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    Possessor Is a Spectacularly Violent Sci-Fi Thriller From David Cronenberg’s SonBrandon Cronenberg claims more territory on behalf of Canadian sci-fi and horror in his second film.
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    The Antenna Mixes Body Horror, Building Horror, and Political AllegoryThis is one deeply creepy movie.
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    The Glorias Only Does Gloria Steinem Partial JusticeBy jumping through time and four different performances, the movie paints a portrait that is fractured instead of illuminating.
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    Save Yourselves! Is a Small, Charming Comedy About the ApocalypseSunita Mani and John Reynolds bicker and mull their way through an alien invasion.
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    Ava Didn’t Have to Be a CatastropheHow do you screw up a movie in which Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and John Malkovich face off against each other?
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    Enola Holmes Is Millie Bobby Brown’s Show, and She Owns ItSherlock Holmes has a teenage sister, and she’s hilarious.
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    Miranda July Returns with What Might Be Her Best Film YetBefore Kajillionaire, it was tempting to think July’s style of filmmaking had gone out of … well, style.
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    RBG Is the Best Imaginable Retaliation to MansplainingYes, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc is a hagiography, but it has its cheeky aspect.
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    Netflix’s The Devil All the Time Is a Sadistic SlogChoose Your Own Adventure, but for generational trauma.
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    Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan Have a Sexy, Empty Romance in AmmoniteThe pair’s period courtship doesn’t have to be Portrait of a Lady on Fire — but it doesn’t have to feel so hollow, either.
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    Jude Law and Carrie Coon Are Gorgeously Dysfunctional in The NestIn the new film from the director of Martha Marcy May Marlene, a family slowly implodes after moving into a crumbling house in the U.K. countryside.
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    Frances McDormand Has Gone To Look For America In NomadlandThe devastating new film from Chloé Zhao could be the feature of the year — an uncertain prize in 2020.
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    I Am Tired of Films Like AntebellumThis movie had the opportunity to show a more dynamic side of slavery narratives, but it ends up reaffirming the very horror it is trying to critique.
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    Class Action Park Forces Us to Wrestle With Toxic NostalgiaThe HBO Max documentary starts out a fun flashback to a recklessly operated theme park, but it says something deeper about America’s nature.
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    Mulan Is a Dour Drag of a Movie (But a Fascinating Cultural Object)In trying to square Disney girl-power tendencies with perceived Chinese values, the new remake ends up in a baffling limbo of motivations.
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    Hell Is Our Own Neuroses in I’m Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman’s new Netflix movie is wry, surreal, and an artistic dead end.
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    Forget What You’ve Heard, Cuties Is a Moving Coming-of-age DramaA young girl torn between two cultures tries to find her place in the coming-of-age Netflix movie condemned sight unseen by many online.
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    Bill & Ted Face the Music Feels As Unstuck in Time As Its CharactersThat’s not a bad thing!
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    Dev Patel Does Dickens Well in The Personal History of David CopperfieldVeep creator Armando Iannucci has a light touch with the Victorian classic.
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    In the New Phineas and Ferb Movie, There Is Justice for CandaceThe Disney+ movie based on the animated series is a fun trip that is both familiar and a little bit new.
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    Tenet Is a Locked Puzzle Box With Nothing InsideChristopher Nolan’s new movie can feel like Timecop with a superiority complex. It’s mostly entertaining and entirely baffling.
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    Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula Is No Train to BusanThe sequel is more like a tepid Mad Max knockoff.
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    Russell Crowe’s Road-Rage Thriller Unhinged Isn’t Worth Getting COVID-19 ForCrowe gets good and glowering as a driver on a killing spree, but this thriller isn’t nearly clever enough to merit any sense of moviegoing urgency.
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    Tesla Is a Bizarre, Bewitching Anti-BiopicSee Ethan Hawke sing “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
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    Sputnik Is a Thoughtful, If Modest, Russian Riff on AlienWe’ll take it.
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    Project Power Is a Depressingly Uninspired Off-Brand Superhero StoryJoseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback, and Jamie Foxx star in a would-be Netflix blockbuster with a clever premise and crummy follow through.
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    Boys State Is an Enthralling Doc About How the Kids Are (and Aren’t) All RightA mock state election among Texas teens ends up being an entertaining reflection of the American political id in this Apple TV+ documentary.
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    The Burnt Orange Heresy Is Light on Thrills, Heavy on Beautiful ThingsClaes Bang and Elizabeth Debicki star in a suspenseless noir that’s worth watching mainly for how luxurious everyone and everything in it is.
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    An American Pickle Is a Two-Man Show, and Both Men Are Seth RogenSeth Rogen stars opposite himself in this HBO Max original movie about a Brooklyn man united with his pickled great-grandfather.
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    She Dies Tomorrow Is One of the Scariest Films I’ve Seen in a Long WhileIt’s about more than a pandemic, but it is also about a pandemic.
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    Beyoncé’s Black Is King Does Everything It Needs ToThe richness of the Black experience is the point. There’s almost too much excellence to keep track of.
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    God Bless the Go-Go’s and This Documentary About the Go-Go’sThe Go-Go’s, debuting on Showtime, is a rollicking portrait of a seminal band, and an acute examination of female ambition.
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    Dave Franco’s The Rental Needs an EndingDid [redacted] really have to [redacted] so [redacted]?
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    Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets Is the Next-Best Thing to Going Out to a BarRemember bars? The Ross brothers’ boozy hybrid of a movie is a sensational elegy to a local one that never really existed.
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    Relic Is a Wrenching, Frustrating Horror Story of DementiaThe performances in writer-director Natalie Erika James’s debut film are haunting, but the movie seems hesitant to push its genre’s potential.
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    Greyhound Proves Tom Hanks Is the Ultimate Navy GeekHe’s the captain, now and forever.
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