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  • An early moment in Slack Bay, the latest from French provocateur Bruno Dumont, finds a plump police inspector in a black uniform rolling down a hill of white sand. It's the kind of image that wouldn't have been out of place in a silent...

  • It's only after three encounters, a night on molly, a blow-up argument, an impassioned recitation of Edna St. Vincent Millay's "First Fig," and some tender May-December -- late December -- sex that Sam Elliott's The Hero character can be...

  • All Eyez on Me was seemingly rushed into production once Straight Outta Compton's huge first weekend box office was announced. For fans of early-to-mid '90s rap, these movies represent a validation to the importance of the era and its...

  • At least Rough Night, Lucia Aniello’s dutifully raucous new bachelorette-party comedy, achieves verisimilitude. It’s a rough watch and an evening killer, this film about friends who seem not to love, like or even really know one another. If you...

  • The Book of Henry really wants us to believe that its 12-year-old title character (Jaeden Lieberher) is the smartest kid on Earth. Well, in many ways, he is. He's a rational, logical thinker who knows how to play the stock market. He...

  • A film often smartly attuned to language, Beatriz at Dinner — a sober comedy about class clash and soft-to-hard racism directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Mike White — operates in several different idioms. English and Spanish (sometimes...

  • Here's something I never guessed I would say: It might be worth going into the new Cars movie spoiler-free. Without giving anything away, I can tell you that, at its climax, this latest installment in a springtime of sequels the world doesn't...

  • Roberto Sneider's You're Killing Me, Susana (Me estás matando Susana) is a culture-clash comedy in which the clash happens both onscreen and off. Eligio (Gael García Bernal) is a self-absorbed telenovela character actor in...

  • In David Leveaux's engrossing historical fiction adaptation, The Exception, Christopher Plummer imbues the role of Kaiser Wilhelm II -- known to be notoriously humorless -- with a twinkly-eyed prankishness. It's a truly mercurial...

  • What makes Afterimage so difficult to watch is that the audience meets the charismatic avant-garde painter Władysław Strzemiński (Boguslaw Linda) the way his students do: as a spectacular figure, one-legged and one-armed,...

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