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    Tyrel Is a Subtle — Then Brutally Effective — Portrait of Racial AlienationIt’s a chamber orchestra of unconscious prejudice and passive-aggression, with Jason Mitchell’s performance as the violin solo at the center of it.
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    Overlord Is Too Synthetic to Be Horrifying — or FunThe Nazi zombie movie’s thrills are as removed as watching a video game over someone’s shoulder.
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    The Girl in the Spider’s Web Loses the ThreadLisbeth Salander graduates from aristocratic rapists to nukes in Fede Álvarez’s new take on the franchise.
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    Rosamund Pike Gives a Career-Best Performance in A Private WarIt’s a tougher, less comforting journalism movie than the last few you may have seen.
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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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    An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn Is Empty, Outdated, and Zero FunAubrey Plaza and Craig Robinson don’t quite escape unscathed from this near-unwatchable follow-up from the director of The Greasy Strangler.
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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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    Andrea Riseborough Is Done DisappearingThe notoriously private, chameleonic star of Mandy, Nancy, and Black Mirror is ready to put her name on things.
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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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    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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    High Life, The Favourite, and 16 More Movies We Can’t Wait to See at NYFFRachel Weisz and Emma Stone vying for Olivia Colman’s affection! Juliette Binoche and a sex machine!
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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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    Robert Redford’s The Old Man & The Gun Director Weighs In on His Final FilmDavid Lowery, director of The Old Man & The Gun, on creating a film about a larger-than-life figure — with some larger-than-life figures.
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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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    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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    White Boy Rick Is Strangely UninvolvingYann Demange’s film never sells the extraordinariness of its extraordinary subject.
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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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