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    Movie Review: Minding the Gap’s Kids Are Trapped by Their Own Past and PresentA documentary about skateboarders’ lives that leads back to their abusive upbringings.
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    Ethan Hawke’s Blaze Reconsiders an Unsung Country SongwriterMusician Ben Dickey and Alia Shawkat star in this fuzzy but moving biopic of Blaze Foley.
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    Glenn Close and The Wife Earn All of the Film’s Many Dramatic FireworksClose, Jonathan Pryce, a Nobel Prize, and a crumbling marriage: What more could you ask for?
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    Juliet, Naked Is Everything a Mainstream Rom-Com Should Be But No Longer IsIt has an irresistible premise: an increasingly intimate intercontinental relationship between a superfan’s idol and his own girlfriend.
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    To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Is a Witty, Sweet Teen RomanceNetflix’s latest rom-com is on par with the best of them.
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    A Prayer Before Dawn Is a Harrowing, Educational Prison DramaIt would make a great pick for a jailhouse movie night.
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    Skate Kitchen Is a Slice-of-Life of Girl Skaters in NYCCrystal Moselle’s narrative follow-up to The Wolfpack has some lovely observations and a great real-life skater ensemble, but not a lot of substance.
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    The Meg Is Neither Dumb Nor Smart Enough to Be Any FunThey shoot giant sharks, don’t they?
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    Crazy Rich Asians Is a Shiny, Affluence-Porn Rom-Com With a Big Immigrant HeartThe highly anticipated adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s book has got just enough on its mind to temper its parade of bling.
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    Madeline’s Madeline Is a Confusing, Yet Thrilling, Coming-of-Age StoryJosephine Decker’s film about a young girl playing a cat in an improvisational theater piece functions as a metaphor.
  11. The Darkest Minds Is a Largely Incoherent Teen DystopiaIt’s hard to know what to care about in the adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s mutants-on-the-run YA novel.
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    Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman Is an Entertaining and Effective Piece of MelodramaThe filmmaker doesn’t do subtlety.
  13. Night Comes On Is a Lovely, Inspiring Revenge MovieJordana Spiro is a real filmmaker.
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    Christopher Robin Is a Heartwarming, Dystopian Winnie the Pooh Fever DreamThe “live-action” sequel is a lovingly rendered, deeply sadistic guilt trip for grown-ups.
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    The Spy Who Dumped Me Is a Showcase for Kate McKinnon’s Peculiar GeniusShe fires off one-liner after one-liner, apparently indifferent to whether it lands or flies into the ether — there will always be another.
  16. The Miseducation of Cameron Post Is Promising, But Undone By Its ProtagonistDesiree Akhavan’s Sundance-winning coming-of-age film is a look at the backward world of gay-conversion therapy.
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    See Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood for More Than Just the DirtThe dirt is what you come for in Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary profile of the “pimp to the stars.” But what you get is deeper and more mysterious.
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    Puzzle, Like Its Repressed Housewife Heroine, Finds Itself As It Goes AlongKelly Macdonald has a needle-sharp sensitivity, and Irrfan Khan exudes a kind of grown-up sexiness we rarely get to see onscreen.
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    Hot Summer Nights Is a Confused Attempt to Cash In on ’90s NostalgiaTimothée Chalamet’s latest falls into the same trap as many nostalgia pieces before it.
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    The Captain Uses a Farcical Set-up to Tell a Brutal StoryWith the structure of a classic mistaken-identity tale and the tone of a serial-killer film, it’s too bleak to laugh at and too absurd to cry over.
  21. Tom Cruise Suffers for You, Hard, in Mission: Impossible — FalloutHe heaves himself up a cliff after a helicopter crash that would have killed a lesser-paid actor.
  22. Unfriended: Dark Web Centers on the Pure Terror of Being OnlineDespite a mostly far-fetched, hacky script, it’s equipped to explore a lot of very real digital horrors most contemporary film can’t.
  23. Far From the Tree Is a Marvelous Doc About Kids Not Like Their ParentsRachel Dretzin’s boundlessly empathetic film is based on Andrew Solomon’s stupendous 2012 book.
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    Denzel Washington Is Hell-bent on Selling His Superhero Franchise in Equalizer 2The film starts to feel like it’s more invested in selling the idea of the series rather than a film in and of itself.
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    Blindspotting Is a Messy Debut From Three First-Time Feature FilmmakersDaveed Diggs’s first foray into screenwriting has some powerful moments, but too often feels like required viewing.
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    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Is All Blue SkiesWith a generous side of Cher and Andy García.
  27. The Kids Could Do a Lot Worse Than Hotel Transylvania 3A mostly benign piece of CGI silliness, mercifully free of knowing cultural references or parents-only jokes.
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    Shock and Awe Undercuts Its Own Great StoryIn Rob Reiner’s latest, he can’t quite hold back the Hollywoodisms.
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    Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot Is a Perfect Showcase for Joaquin PhoenixGus Van Sant’s latest, co-starring Jonah Hill and Jack Black, tells the story of John Callahan, a quadriplegic cartoonist recovering from alcoholism.
  30. The French Biopic Gauguin Is Surprisingly Dull, Considering Its SubjectThe image of Gauguin the voluptuary might be a cliché, but Edouard Deluc has gone to the other extreme.
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    Skyscraper Is Stupid But EnjoyableDwayne Johnson and his trapezius muscles charm their way through his latest action movie.
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    Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade Is a Haunting Portrait of AdolescenceWatching Burnham’s debut feature, you might realize what all great teenage coming-of-age stories have in common: unbearable levels of anxiety.
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    Ant-Man and the Wasp Is Harmless, Gimmicky FunSee Ant Man and the Wasp in 3-D for the full jack-in-the-box effect. Every gimmick helps.
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    The Raucous Sorry to Bother You Is the Punk Film 2018 DeservesLakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, and Armie Hammer make Boots Riley’s debut film about a young black telemarketer a bizarre house party of a movie.
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    The First Purge Is Predictable, But Shockingly ResonantIt’s pretty good if you’re not averse to caricatures, predictable twists, and lots of familiar B-movie tropes.
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    The Latest Whitney Houston Documentary Fixates More on Her Death Than Her LifeKevin Macdonald’s film attempts to deconstruct Whitney Houston without ever really painting a compelling portrait of her.
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    Woman Walks Ahead Is Blandly TastefulThe film, starring Jessica Chastain, ratchets down the messiness of the true story that inspired it.
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    Three Identical Strangers Is a Stunning and Troubling Real-Life MysteryThis documentary begins as a goofy, believe-it-or-not tabloid story and slowly drifts into darker waters — the realm of horror, then of tragedy.
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    Leave No Trace, Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone Follow-up, Is Grim and CaptivatingHer first narrative feature since launching Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone tells the story of a father and daughter living in the wilderness.
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    Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado Is a Transgressively Bleak Franchise AttemptEverything is pointless — occasionally thrillingly so — in Stefano Sollima’s continuation of Denis Villeneuve’s borderland thriller.
  41. Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town Has Its Moments, But Tries Way Too HardIt deserves points for ambition, though.
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    Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska’s Damsel Is a Delightful, Violent Clown ShowPattinson gives himself a gray metal front tooth and pitches his voice into the high twerpy zone; Wasikowska can do no wrong.
  43. The Catcher Was a Spy Is Too Discreet for Its Own GoodThe movie is well-crafted, but it doesn’t have the fullness you’d expect in a movie with so much believe-it-or-not weirdness.
  44. Boundaries Is a Bit Stale, But Makes Up for It With a Great CastIf the film smells more of mothballs than marijuana, it’s full of good actors: Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Peter Fonda.
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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Is Chasing Its Own TailThe latest Jurassic movie plays like a strenuous imitation of Steven Spielberg instead of the real deal.
  46. Tag Is an Amusing, Perhaps Unintentionally Depressing Midlife Crisis ComedyIt’s hard not to pity how much the titular game has sapped the meaning from these people’s lives.
  47. Hotel Artemis Is an Inventive, If Meandering Genre HangoutAnd it has a cast so good it feels like a fever dream.
  48. Incredibles 2 Flies HighBrad Bird’s Incredibles 2 is, much like its predecessor, delightful as an animated feature but really, really delightful as a superhero picture.
  49. In Nancy, Andrea Riseborough Is RivetingRiseborough is a true chameleon actress who seems to change color from the inside.
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    Jim McKay’s En el Séptimo Día Is Quietly Thought-ProvokingThe director does no editorializing in this gentle and graceful portrait of an undocumented Mexican immigrant.
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