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    The Green Knight Is a Ravishing, Unsettling FantasyIn David Lowery’s new A24 movie, Dev Patel is a gadabout in search of a legend to call his own.
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    M. Night Shyamalan’s Old Is Beautifully Made and Terribly WrittenThe Sixth Sense director still has a way with sinister shots, but is oddly invested in having the audience care about his cardboard characters.
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    Joe Bell Is a Moving Tale That Misses Its Chance at GreatnessMark Wahlberg stars in the real-life story of a man who tried to walk across the country to spread an anti-bullying message.
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    Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins Is Nice to Look at, SometimesIf you told me everybody making this movie had an Uzi pointed at their head, I might believe you.
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    Isabelle Huppert Plays a Parisian Drug Lord in Mama WeedThat’s it. That’s the review.
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    See Pig and Tremble Before Your Own MortalityLet Nicolas Cage illuminate the way.
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    The Anthony Bourdain Doc Roadrunner Can Be Invasive. Sometimes, It’s Worse.In deciding to treat his subject as a mystery to be solved, director Morgan Neville makes some ugly choices.
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    Maybe Netflix’s Fear Street Should Have Just Been a TV ShowThe delightfully nasty Fear Street exists in this strange space between movies and television, serving neither format well.
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    The Women of Netflix’s Gunpowder Milkshake Deserve BetterIs this really the best Hollywood can offer the likes of Michelle Yeoh and Angela Bassett?
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    The New Space Jam Never Thought It Could Be a Good MovieWhich is a shame, because LeBron James is certainly a better actor than His Airness ever was.
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    The Mysterious, Mesmerizing Scales Has a Lot on Its MindSaudi director Shahad Ameen’s dystopian fable captivates us with its stark, enigmatic world.
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    Black Widow Bids a Barbed Farewell to the MCU’s First Female SuperheroScarlett Johansson plays Natasha one last time (for now) in an espionage adventure that’s as much a criticism of the character as a good-bye.
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    The Beautiful, Baffling Annette Dares You to Take It SeriouslyAdam Driver and Marion Cotillard bare it all, in more ways than one, for Leos Carax and Sparks’ moving, bizarre musical.
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    The Tomorrow War Is Just As Stupid As It Needs to BeIt’s Edge of Tomorrow meets Interstellar meets Aliens meets Independence Day, with their brains removed. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
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    The Forever Purge Finally Gives Up on AmericaThe franchise used to consider the innate awfulness of humans as a controversial notion. Not anymore.
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    Zola the Movie Is a Chillier Exploration of Trauma Than the Tweets We All ReadJanicza Bravo and co-writer Jeremy O. Harris’s retelling is not exactly the wild romp of the viral thread it’s based on.
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    Hulu’s False Positive Isn’t Quite Horror, But It Will Freak You OutIlana Glazer and John Lee’s fertility thriller needs to gestate a little more.
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    The Ice Road Is Somehow Both Really Smart and Really StupidIt starts off as one kind of Liam Neeson movie and then becomes another kind of Liam Neeson movie.
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    F9 Brings an Improbably Good Gearhead Daddy-Issues Opera HomeCinéma, it lives.
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    Review: Pixar’s Luca Is a Literal Fish-Out-of-Water FantasyThough charming and vibrant, the new Disney film aspires for greater meaning that it doesn’t always reach.
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    The Bleak, Beautiful Holler Marks the Arrival of a Major New TalentNicole Riegel’s suspenseful Rust Belt drama might seem familiar, but don’t be surprised if it astonishes you.
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    Ramshackle Dreams Make In the Heights a Believable FairytaleUncertainty, humanity, and fantasy turn this Broadway adaptation into a show-stopper.
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    Mark Wahlberg’s Reincarnation Movie Infinite Needs a Few More Lifetimes of WorkSuch a high-concept action movie, so little imagination.
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    Undine Is a Perplexing Take on the Mermaid MythThe new film from the Phoenix director Christian Petzold is hard to shake off, even if it also never really comes together.
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    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Should Have Stuck to the Haunted HousesThe Patrick Wilson–Vera Farmiga horror franchise tries to depart from its previous format, with some seriously mixed results.
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    Cruella Is the Girl-Bossification of the MadwomanCruella takes one of the richest narrative archetypes and whittles her down into a glossy, hollow, capitalism-approved monster.
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    A Quiet Place Part II Will Turn You Into a Nervous WreckBut in a good way.
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    The Dry Is a Mystery You Might Find Hard to ShakeEric Bana is spectacular in this thriller that never lets up on the grief.
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    Profile Captures the Anxiety of Our All-Digital Lives, But Is That a Good Thing?Come for the ISIS recruitment exposé, stay for the social-media nightmare.
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    The Woman in the Window Is a Trashy Movie Trying to Be a Classy OneThe Amy Adams thriller would be better off embracing its true self.
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    Those Who Wish Me Dead Is a Straight Shot of AdrenalineThe neo-Western-inflected work is striking in its aesthetic decisions. And it proves once more why Angelina Jolie is a star.
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    Chris Rock and a Game Cast Can’t Quite Save Spiral: From the Book of SawIt’s more a tired cops-chase-a-serial-killer movie than a tired Saw sequel.
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    Oxygen Feels Like Something the Netflix Algorithm Vomited UpIn that sense, it’s fine?
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    Army of the Dead Is a Tale of Two Zack SnydersHis Netflix Vegas-heist movie set during a zombie apocalypse, starring Dave Bautista, starts off great, but the fun doesn’t last.
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    The Abysmal Wrath of Man Proves Guy Ritchie Is His Own Worst EnemyHow do you mess up a Jason Statham revenge thriller?
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    Fear Not, Here Today Is Not a Billy Crystal-Tiffany Haddish Romantic ComedyBut you get the feeling that Crystal kind of wanted it to be?
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    Ben Sharrock’s Limbo Is Halfway to HeavenA deportation gives the film a seam down the middle between handsome but coy and messy but fierce.
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    The Mitchells vs. the Machines Should Be Insufferable. Alas, It’s Delightful.It is both a takedown and a celebration of our dissonant, tech-obsessed world. Also, Danny McBride fights a toaster.
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    Mortal Kombat Is Hollywood’s Latest Disappointing Action FilmIt’s another reminder that filmmakers have forgotten what to do with the human body.
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    About Endlessness Gloriously Collages the Absurdity and Grandeur of the EverydayThe sixth feature from Swedish director Roy Andersson finds connections between armies marching in the snow and girls dancing to music from a café.
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    Without Remorse Is Also Without a Single Moment of ExcitementHow is this Michael B. Jordan action movie, which is headed to Amazon, so dreary?
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    Netflix’s Space Thriller Stowaway Is Sometimes Confusing, Never BoringToni Collette, Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, and Shamier Anderson keep this sci-fi suspenser admirably grounded.
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    Here’s a Movie About a Pig That Might Change Your LifeExecutive produced by Joaquin Phoenix, Viktor Kossakovsky’s powerful Gunda doesn’t try to make its animals human. It lets them be themselves.
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    Sesame Street Doc Street Gang Is About When TV Needed To Be Saved From ItselfThe documentary, which celebrates the formative years of the iconic kids’ show, is also a testament to the singular forces that allowed it to happen.
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    Sebastian Stan Makes Monday a Movie Worth Waking Up ForThe actor and costar Denise Gough give it their all.
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    In the Earth Is a Slapdash Wilderness Horror Story for the Age of COVIDThe new horror film from Ben Wheatley, made quietly and quickly last year, evokes the pandemic but can’t figure out what to say about it.
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    Melissa McCarthy Can’t Save the Day, or the Studio Comedy, in Thunder ForceThe Netflix spoof, which co-stars Octavia Spencer and Jason Bateman, doesn’t make its superhero buddy antics work.
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    You Get One Guess As to What The Man Who Sold His Skin Is AboutTunisia’s Best International Feature Oscar nominee isn’t very subtle, but that’s not a bad thing.
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    Voyagers Is Just Lord of the Flies in SpaceDon’t be fooled by sexy marketing material — the new sci-fi film is really just a predictable, tedious drag.
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    Slalom Is a Portrait of Abuse That Denies Easy AnswersA lovely, disturbing film set in the world of competitive skiing, from French director Charlène Favier.
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