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    Melissa McCarthy Can’t Save the Day, or the Studio Comedy, in Thunder ForceThe Netflix spoof, which co-stars Octavia Spencer and Jason Bateman, doesn’t make its superhero buddy antics work.
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    You Get One Guess As to What The Man Who Sold His Skin Is AboutTunisia’s Best International Feature Oscar nominee isn’t very subtle, but that’s not a bad thing.
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    Voyagers Is Just Lord of the Flies in SpaceDon’t be fooled by sexy marketing material — the new sci-fi film is really just a predictable, tedious drag.
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    Slalom Is a Portrait of Abuse That Denies Easy AnswersA lovely, disturbing film set in the world of competitive skiing, from French director Charlène Favier.
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    The First Cinematic Masterpiece of 2021 Is HereMade in the small African nation of Lesotho, This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection is adventurous, essential viewing.
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    If Only the Rest of French Exit Were As Good As Michelle Pfeiffer’s PerformancePfeiffer is delightful and overwhelming as a mordant Manhattan socialite searching for an ending in a depressive farce that never really gets going.
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    Shiva Baby Is a Symphony in StressStar Rachel Sennott delivers a masterclass in making an audience sweat.
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    Godzilla vs. Kong Is Heart-Stoppingly Stupid But Sporadically EntertainingWhatever. King Kong has a magic axe now. Enjoy!
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    Netflix’s Bad Trip Might Help You Feel Better About Our Broken NationEither that, or it will annoy the sh*t out of you.
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    Nobody Is Just Good Enough Thanks to Bob OdenkirkThe movie may be an unapologetic John Wick knockoff, but the comedian and actor makes for a compelling newcomer to the middle-aged action hero club.
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    Six Minutes to Midnight Runs Out the ClockEddie Izzard’s new period thriller about a 1930s finishing school for the daughters of the German High Command comes up short on all fronts.
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    Even If You Know Tina Turner’s Story, You Should Watch TinaThe HBO documentary is a comprehensive and moving look at the wild, inspiring life of a rock icon.
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    The Courier Is an Old-Fashioned Spy Thriller Elevated by Two Great PerformancesBenedict Cumberbatch and Merab Ninidze are terrific in this based-on-fact tale of the Cold War.
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    The Snyder Cut Contains the Best and Worst of Zack SnyderThis is an undeniably passionate and moving work. But you may not want to endure it in one sitting.
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    Think of Netflix’s Sentinelle As John Wick on the RivieraDon’t let this hidden Netflix action gem slip through the cracks this weekend.
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    Pedro Almodóvar’s English-Language Debut The Human Voice Is a Perfect Half-HourTilda Swinton wears gorgeous outfits and acts out in the Spanish director’s adaptation of the Jean Cocteau play.
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    Come True Will Haunt Your Dreams and Ruin Your NightsFun with nightmares and sleep paralysis.
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    Boogie Needs to Grow UpEddie Huang’s directorial debut is an Asian American coming-of-age story that could use more self-examination.
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    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Will Make You a Better PersonIt’s Thelma and Louise meets The Quick and the Dead meets Inception meets Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar meets Inherit the Wind.
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    Chaos Walking Needs More Chaos, Less WalkingTom Holland and Daisy Ridley on the run from Mads Mikkelsen and his son Nick Jonas. Why isn’t this a masterpiece?
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    Coming 2 America Is Both Figuratively and Literally a Nostalgia TourYou should probably bone up on the first movie before you watch it.
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    Raya and the Last Dragon Is Slick and Sometimes TranscendentThe new animated movie is a wonder of world-building, strategic IP generation, and accidental timeliness.
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    The Truffle Hunters Heads for the Hills and Returns With a Feast for the SensesEscape into a modern-day past with this documentary about Italian truffle foragers.
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    In Moxie, They Are Young Women, Hear Them (Nicely) RoarThe movie about a feminist uprising at a high school is well-intentioned but lacks the edgy spirit it supposedly celebrates.
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    The United States vs. Billie Holiday Is an Inert History LessonAndra Day is great in the title role, however.
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    How Not to Make a Tom and Jerry MovieA cluttered, awkward, pandering mess.
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    The Father Is a Devastating Close-up of a Mind That’s Beginning to FrayAnthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman are excellent as a father and daughter whose time together can only end in tragedy.
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    Great Performances and a Stunning Ending Can’t Quite Save The MauritanianJodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, and Benedict Cumberbatch all do good work in this real-life legal drama, but the movie falls flat.
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    The Main Reason to Watch I Care a Lot Is Rosamund PikeThe Netflix movie wants to race along like a caper and sting like a satire. But it just winds up fighting itself.
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    Oof, What Are We to Do with Sia’s New Movie, Music?It’s not just controversial, it’s also quite terrible.
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    Louise Linton’s Sex-Cannibal Comedy Is Here, and It Is Not GoodMe You Madness is a nonstop deluge of overwritten rants and underbaked humor.
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    In Minari, a Korean Family Tries to Make a Home in the HeartlandSteven Yeun heads up a deceptively gentle immigrant drama set in rural Arkansas in the 1980s.
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    To All The Boys: Always and Forever Burns Low and SlowThe Netflix movie’s attention to the way romantic comedies operate teaches us to watch it with our guard up.
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    Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar Arrives Preordained for Cult StatusIt features Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr., and a sage old crab named Morgan Freemand.
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    Judas and the Black Messiah: When Hollywood Co-opts Radical HistoryThe movie gets neither the beauty and complications of Blackness, nor the outright depravity of white supremacy.
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    A Glitch in the Matrix Is a Riveting Look at Whether Our World Is a SimulationBut it’s really about just how utterly weird life is.
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    The Utter Emotional Inauthenticity of Netflix’s Malcolm & MarieNo one comes out of this film unscathed — including Zendaya.
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    Netflix’s The Dig Goes Deep on Human ExistenceRalph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan star in this surprisingly moving period drama.
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    Maybe Justin Timberlake Wasn’t the Right Man to Play an Angry Ex-Con in Palmer.Sometimes, having your heart in the right place isn’t enough to make a great movie.
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    Little Things, Big ProblemsTurns out Denzel Washington crime dramas can sometimes be bad, too.
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    Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci Are a Heartbreaking Couple in SupernovaThe longtime friends make this melancholy movie about early-onset dementia work.
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    Netflix’s The White Tiger Is a Brutal, Powerful Tale of Ambition and CorruptionRamin Bahrani, one of our great directors, adapts Aravind Adiga’s international best seller.
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    Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself Is a Bit of Truth and a Lot of NonsenseThe emotion in the oddly tearful mentalism-and-magic show is all manipulation, but there’s still quite a bit of loveliness to delight you.
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    In The Marksman, Liam Neeson Idles in PlaceHe only kicks a moderate amount of ass in this one.
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    Acasa, My Home Shows the Poetry and Peril of a Life Off the GridA beautiful, bittersweet documentary from Romania.
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    The Gorgeous, Moving News of the World Features Tom Hanks at His BestA Western from the director of Captain Phillips and The Bourne Ultimatum, if you can believe that.
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    In a Year Without Live Performance, Regina King’s One Night in Miami SingsThe intimate Amazon Studios film, based on a play, re-creates a historic motel-room meeting between Sam Cooke, Malcolm X, Jim Brown, and Cassius Clay.
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    The Dissident Is a Grisly Look at the Life and Death of Jamal KhashoggiIt’s a complex, damning portrait of how Saudi Arabia dealt with a citizen who turned on the regime.
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    In The Midnight Sky, George Clooney the Director Fails George Clooney the ActorBut Clooney the actor almost saves Clooney the director’s butt, so there’s that.
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    The Empty Spectacle of Wonder Woman 1984The disappointing sequel highlights not only the dire state of the live-action superhero genre, but the dire state of Hollywood filmmaking as a whole.
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