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    On the Record Is Imperfect, Provocative, and Utterly NecessaryThe documentary detailing accusations of sexual assault against Russell Simmons proves to be a compelling and uneven work of the Me Too era.
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    Lucky Grandma Is a Rorschach Test Comedy-ThrillerTsai Chin’s transfixing lead performance is the main reason the film works so well.
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    The Lovebirds Is a Staunchly Average Streaming Rom-ComThe Netflix movie is designed to be watched while performing a menial task — folding the laundry or washing dishes — in quarantine.
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    The Painter and the Thief Is a Sexy, Strange Not-Quite-Love StoryAn artist finds a muse in the man who stole her work in this arresting documentary, now on Hulu, VOD, and in theaters.
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    The Trip to Greece Is the Final, Most Despairing Trip Film YetAmid all the decadent food and Michael Caine impressions, the four-part series has always had a darker edge.
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    Scoob! Is the Kind of Kids Movie That Features Jokes About TinderThe Scooby-Doo reboot, bumped from theaters to on demand, attempts to update the mystery-solving franchise with superheroes and internet jokes.
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    Capone Features Tom Hardy at His Most MaximalistThe Al Capone biopic may not be the comeback story that director Josh Trank needed, but it has a truly batshit performance from Tom Hardy.
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    Driveways, Starring the Late Brian Dennehy, Is Quietly ShatteringCo-starring Hong Chau, it’s a fragile flower of a film that works on you in sly, mysterious ways.
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    Spaceship Earth Casts a Sympathetic Lens on a Much-Ridiculed Failed UtopiaMatt Wolf’s very entertaining documentary about Biosphere 2 sets out to liberate its architects and participants from their fate as a punch line.
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    Michelle Obama Doc Becoming Is a Guarded Look at Life After the White HouseThe new film, part of the Obamas’ deal with Netflix, shows the former First Lady reveling in the freedom to not engage.
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    Bull Is So Much More Than a Coming-of-Age ClichéThe story of a 14-year-old girl’s attempt to escape her homelife by apprenticing with an ex–bull rider is more stoic than it sounds.
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    You’ll Want to Give a Hug to Netflix’s The Half of ItAlice Wu’s teen rom-com is yet another take on Cyrano, but that’s not what makes it special.
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    Our Mothers Digs Up Guatemala’s Painful PastCésar Diaz’s drama about the aftermath of the nation’s civil war feels a bit like shards from a larger mosaic, but that somehow fits its subject.
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    Bad Education Gives Hugh Jackman One of His Greatest Dramatic RolesCory Finley’s sly dissection of a Long Island embezzlement scandal — premiering on HBO — plays to its leading man’s theatrical strengths.
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    New Braveheart Sequel Brings You More Angus Macfadyen and a Lot Less BloodTwenty-five years after Mel Gibson yelled “freeeeeedommm,” director Richard Gray brings Robert the Bruce back.
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    You Could Watch Beastie Boys Story, But Really, Why Not Just Read Their Book?Spike Jonze’s Apple TV+ documentary, featuring Mike D and Ad-Rock, is a surprisingly staid act of fan service.
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    Selah and the Spades Is a Mesmerizing Portrait of a Prep School Queen BeeLovie Simone plays a high school senior reluctant to relinquish her position of power in Tayarisha Poe’s new movie, now streaming on Amazon.
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    The Lighthouse Is About the Horror of Roommates in IsolationMermaids, hallucinations, bodily fluids — in Robert Eggers’s movie, the most frightening thing of all is having to share your space with someone.
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    Sea Fever Is Eerily Timely, But Also Just Plain EerieThere is a scary monster, but this Irish horror indie is mostly about disease and quarantine.
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    Trolls World Tour Is an Anti-Rockist Variation on Infinity WarThis time, Thanos is a hard rocker with magic guitar strings and an anti-synth agenda.
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    In The Other Lamb, Misandry Is a Survival InstinctGiven all the godly males who’ve been steering their flocks toward certain doom, the film has a special resonance in the spring of 2020.
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    Seriously, Why Is Vin Diesel a Star?In his latest movie Bloodshot, Diesel is like an unfinished statue, hulking and aggressively bland.
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    Crip Camp Is a Transcendent Celebration of Activist CultureIt’s a shame this Netflix movie can’t be seen with a large, boisterous audience. It’ll make you want to dance and light up a joint.
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    Portrait of a Lady on Fire Is a Grand, Capital-R RomanceCeline Sciamma’s lesbian period film starts off as a story about looking, but its heart lies in less obvious, more suggestive cinematic elements.
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    The Way Back Will Make You Believe Ben Affleck’s Best Roles Are Yet to ComeAffleck is uncomfortably great in a movie that’s more about emotional repression than basketball.
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    Birds of Prey Gives Us a Post-Joker Harley QuinnOne thing Margot Robbie’s comic-book anti-heroine is not is a natural member of the girl-power battalion.
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    A Few Thoughts on Watching Cats AloneWe are all now the cats of Cats, prowling in the shadows of our tattered culture, reliving memories in the ruined theaters of our minds.
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    Swallow Is About the Horrors of a Body in IsolationIn a time when we’re forced to experience new movies from the questionable comforts of our homes, Haley Bennett’s role as a woman undone hits hard.
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    The Hunt Is a Gleeful Exploitation Flick Ruined by Delusions of RelevanceBetty Gilpin is a delight, but this would-be satire is too incoherent to merit the controversy it drummed up.
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    Lost Girls Is an Anti-Police ProceduralThe Netflix film will make you rethink your need for a certain kind of closure in a world that has so little of it.
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    Never Rarely Sometimes Always, an Everyday Thriller About Obtaining an AbortionIn Eliza Hittman’s new movie, state restrictions turn a teenager’s attempt to end an unwanted pregnancy into a perilous journey.
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    In Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow, Capitalism Continues to Divide and ConquerWhat you register in the 19th-century frontier drama is what’s absent: a sense of community, of a shared enterprise.
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    In the Brief, Sad Hope Gap, Annette Bening Gives a Fascinating PerformanceWilliam Nicholson’s autobiographical English drama, co-staring Bill Nighy, premiered at TIFF.
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    Sorry We Missed You: Ken Loach’s Take on the Gig Economy Should Infuriate YouHe is perhaps Britain’s foremost cinematic chronicler of working-class angst and quotidian humanism.
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    Wendy Takes a Children’s Classic Into Art-House NeverlandBenh Zeitlin’s follow-up to Beasts of the Southern Wild is a soggy riff on Peter Pan.
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    Elisabeth Moss Makes The Invisible Man Worth SeeingThis reboot is better with concepts than execution, but Moss is tremendous as a woman being stalked by her unseen abusive spouse.
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    A Kinder, Gentler Call of the Wild Cancels Jack London’s OriginalThe original novel is surprisingly brutal. This version, with its computer-generated dogs, is weak stuff.
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    Pixar’s Onward Is a Lot of Empty Emotional CaloriesBut Chris Pratt is pretty good.
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    Shaun the Sheep Meets E.T. in Netflix’s FarmageddonThe beloved characters are back in a Netflix sequel to the 2015 animated classic.
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    Not Quite Revisionist, Not Quite Faithful, Emma. Is an Eventual DelightThis millennial-branded Jane Austen adaptation is a perplexing but satisfying take on a classic.
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    The Photograph Is an Imperfect DelightThe romantic drama is undoubtedly elevated by LaKeith Stanfield, who has proved over his short career that he has tremendous range.
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    There’s No Need to Watch More Than the Trailer for Fantasy IslandThe horror adaptation of a cheeseball Aaron Spelling affair from the late ’70s is wretchedly unenjoyable.
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    To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You Almost Argues Itself Out of RomanceIn the sequel to Netflix’s hit 2018 teen rom-com, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo explore what comes after the happily ever after.
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    In Sonic the Hedgehog, It’s Like Golden-Era Jim Carrey Never Left UsThe movie is fine, but the villain’s a delight.
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    Taylor Swift Finally Invites You Into Her Narrative on Miss AmericanaMiss Americana peels away some of Taylor Swift’s complexities to reveal even more complexities.
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    Promising Young Woman Is an Incendiary Revenge Movie With a Sugar-Sweet ShellCarey Mulligan is outrageously great as a Me Too vigilante in an unsettling first film from Emerald Fennell.
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    Miranda July Returns with What Might Be Her Best Film YetBefore Kajillionaire debuted at Sundance, it was tempting to think July’s style of filmmaking had gone out of … well, style.
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    There’s Nothing Funny About Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Performance in DownhillThe remake of Force Majeure (starring the Veep actress alongside Will Ferrell) sounds like a fake movie. But it’s real, and genuinely unnerving.
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    The Assistant Is the First Great Movie About Me TooKitty Green’s film about a day in the life of a young woman at a Weinstein-like company is a spare, searing story of abuse and complicity.
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    Into the Deep Chronicles the Monstrousness of Danish Inventor Peter MadsenEmma Sullivan began filming her documentary one year before he murdered and dismembered journalist Kim Wall.
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