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    Jonah Hill’s Mid90s Shows Promise, But Never Quite Makes an ImpactHill’s directorial debut reflects its protagonist: It’s a collection of postures, moods, and music cues, looking for a reason to exist.
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    Beautiful Boy Proves That Timothée Chalamet Is the Real DealCall Me By Your Name wasn’t a fluke.
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    Can You Ever Forgive Me? Is a Visceral Depiction of LonelinessMelissa McCarthy plays a failing writer turned highly successful forgery artist in Marielle Heller’s early-‘90s period piece.
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    Wildlife Is Superb — and a Major Moment for Carey MulliganZoe Kazan co-wrote the adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel with Paul Dano, and it’s brilliant.
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    The New Halloween Evokes the Genius and Dumbness of the OriginalDavid Gordon Green and Jamie Lee Curtis take memorable images from Carpenter’s Halloween and turns them on their heads.
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    What They Had: An Alzheimer’s Story That’s Both Heartbreaking and … FunnyMichael Shannon and Hilary Swank are superb in Elizabeth Chomko’s debut feature film as stressed-out siblings watching their mother’s memory dissolve.
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    Melanie Laurent’s Galveston Is Pitch Black and Paper ThinStarring Ben Foster and Elle Fanning, it not only fails to find a way to reinvent tired ideas, it also piles a few more tired ideas on top of it.
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    The Oath Is Mad As Hell and Has No Idea What to Do About ItThe Oath lands in an unpleasant middle ground that is too close to reality to feel like escapism, and too antic to feel anything like incisiveness.
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    Apostle Is So Batshit It Makes The Wicker Man Look Like GoosebumpsApostle is ultimately an absorbing, horrifying movie that’s maybe not as smart as it wants to be. But it’s more disturbing than you’d expect.
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    Bad Times at the El Royale Is Long, Labored, and Synthetic — But Not BoringWhat’s missing from Bad Times at the El Royale is a sense of urgency. Is this a story that needs to be told or a self-conscious and labored exercise?
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    TIFF Review: First Man Is Laborious, and StupendousFirst Man might be the most grounded space movie ever made.
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    Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Lacks the Original’s BiteThe sequel replicates the template and the atmosphere of the original, but it’s missing the invention and emotional investment.
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    22 July Is a Gripping Depiction of Tragedy With a False Sense of an EndingBut it feels uneasy being “captivated” by any of this, period.
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    Liza, Cher, Warhol: Studio 54 and the Greatest Party You Weren’t Invited ToMatt Tyrnauer’s documentary is swift and entertaining — but later veers into odd, branded-content territory.
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    There’s Only One Reason to See VenomIt’s Tom Hardy, whose amiable mugging makes a nice change from his recent manly, mush-mouthed stoicism.
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    The Hate U Give Is an Incredibly Powerful Contemporary EpicAt its heart, it’s the story of one girl internalizing the threat of racial violence that shapes every aspect of her life.
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    Her Smell Is a Bracing, Unnerving Depiction of Addiction, Narcissism, and GrowthAlex Ross Perry’s latest, starring Elisabeth Moss, is incredibly, teeth-grindingly effective.
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    A Star Is Born Is One Hell of a Magic TrickI have zero doubts about the first half — it couldn’t be more charming.
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    Kevin Hart’s Night School Is Dumb Fun With an Admirable AgendaThere’s a heap of good intentions behind it, and enough big laughs to make us want to forgive it in the end.
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    Amid a Wave of Police-Shooting Films, Monsters and Men Is Respectable EnoughBut it feels half-baked.
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    Nappily Ever After Is a Well-Intentioned MisfireSanaa Lathan can’t save this mess.
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    The House With a Clock in Its Walls Never Really Gets TickingEli Roth’s witchy kid adventure prioritizes the machinations of the adult characters, and throws in some left-field darkness.
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    The Sisters Brothers Falls Back on the FamiliarWithout the Western trappings, this would be a simplistic sibling drama, with barely enough meat on its bones for 90 minutes, much less 121.
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    Keira Knightley Brings Spirit to the Politely Sexy ColetteIn her collaboration with director Wash Westmoreland, Knightley plays a gifted French novelist whose husband publicly takes credit for her work.
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    Nicole Holofcener Works From a Different Angle on Land of Steady HabitsIt centers on the sort of self-absorbed man who’d drive her usual heroines to the brink.
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    White Boy Rick Is Strangely UninvolvingYann Demange’s film never sells the extraordinariness of its extraordinary subject.
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    If Beale Street Could Talk Is Romance on Top, Despair Beneath the SurfaceIn Barry Jenkins’s work, loss is a given. He lyricizes it and sometimes seems to wallow in it.
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    A Simple Favor Is a Breezy, Soapy NoirDespite its sunny Connecticut suburb setting, it’s a straight-ahead noir, in its chatty, perverse, popcorn-y original recipe.
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    TIFF Review: Shane Black’s The Predator Is More Fun Than SkillfulIt throws enough at you to keep you distracted from seeing all the marks it’s not quite hitting.
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    The Children Act Is a Compelling Moral DramaIan McEwan’s adapted story is stagy and austere, taking place in gleaming flats and courtrooms, like a Nancy Meyers movie with more court wigs.
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    I Think We’re Alone Now Has an Intriguing Start, But a Bewilderingly Bad EndingPeter Dinklage deserves all the good will we can muster, but if he’s going to make movies like this, Game of Thrones can’t come soon enough.
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    Kristen Stewart and Chloë Sevigny Can’t Save the Lizzie Borden Biopic LizzieCraig William Macneill’s biopic on 19th-century ax murderer Lizzie Borden fails to find the juiciest parts of a famously fascinating story.
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    TIFF Review: Widows Is a Thoroughly Entertaining CaperMcQueen wouldn’t do a mere genre movie, of course.
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    TIFF Review: Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 Is a Must-SeeYes, he’s a bit of a blowhard, but the air is blowing hard in the right direction.
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    A Female Lead Doesn’t Help Peppermint’s Bad, Old-Fashioned Action SchlockIf we needed any proof that the methodology of Hollywood’s “Extreme Makeover: Gender Edition” is broken, Peppermint might be just the thing.
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    Sierra Burgess Is a Loser Is a Dull Teen Rom-ComSierra Burgess is an otherwise derivative teen comedy that aims to be Cyrano de Bergerac with smartphones and falls somewhere more boring and creepy.
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    Suspiria Is a Bleak, Gorgeous, Radical Reimagining of Its PredecessorLuca Guadagnino’s gruesome reimagining has neither style nor substance in common with Dario Argento’s giallo classic, and it’s all the better for it.
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    Operation Finale Makes a Great Story Feel SluggishRead the book instead.
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    Roma Is a Huge, Technically Stunning EpicAlfonso Cuarón’s most personal film yet is also his most ambitious.
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    In Destination Wedding, Winona Ryder Meets an Incel and Sparks FlyThe movie feels like a ‘90s romantic comedy, and not just because its leads are like a time warp in and of themselves.
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    The Happytime Murders Is a Really Terrible Puppet MovieIt’s lucky to have Trump distracting from its awfulness this week.
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    Hulu’s Crime + Punishment Is a Powerful Work of DocumentaryStephen Maing’s film about 12 NYPD whistle-blowers makes you angry and scared in equal measure.
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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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