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    Do You Need a Review of Hotel Transylvania: Transformania? Here’s One Anyway.As a wise man once said, “Bleh, bleh, bleh.”
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    Belle Is a Spectacular Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Way of the MetaverseMamoru Hosoda’s new film deftly blends teen angst, fairy-tale fantasy, and a virtual online world.
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    The New Scream Is No ScreamSequel, remake, reboot, requel, legacyquel … Who cares? Why can’t these movies be scary anymore?
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    The 355 Is Proof That Women Can Make Middling Action Movies, TooJessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger, and Fan Bingbing star in a spy movie felled by the Strong Female Character.
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    A Hero Is Both Moral Fable and MousetrapThe great Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s latest is a gripping drama, but something feels missing.
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    The Pitiless Excellence of The Lost DaughterMaggie Gyllenhaal’s Elena Ferrante adaptation for Netflix is the best movie of the year.
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    Don’t Look Up Hates Its Own AudienceAdam Mckay believes that people need laughs and famous faces to be lured into thinking about pressing matters, and he loathes them for it.
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    Memoria Is Curious, Complex, and Almost Undone by Its Third ActApichatpong Weerasethakul and Tilda Swinton’s experimental Memoria is curious, complex, and almost undone by its patience-testing third act.
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    The King’s Man Is Here to Tell an Origin Story No One Asked ForRalph Fiennes stars in a prequel to the Kingsman movies that guesses what fans really want is less humor and more brooding.
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    The Tender Bar Is Too Modest to Make an ImpressionThe best part of George Clooney’s overly familiar coming-of-age story is Ben Affleck’s performance.
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    The Matrix Resurrections Is a Messy, Imperfect TriumphDirecting solo for the first time, Lana Wachowski creates a thrillingly romantic blockbuster that expands the possibilities of the form.
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    Being the Ricardos Isn’t a Biopic, It’s a Filmed Wikipedia PageIt’s not just that Sorkin is a better scripter than director — it’s that he’s kind of a lousy director.
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    Spider-Man: No Way Home Is Aggressively MediocreA spoiler-filled review of what works, what doesn’t, and what works until it doesn’t in Tom Holland’s latest outing as Peter Parker.
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    Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley Is the Noir Equivalent of a Fake Dive BarOn the plus side, the Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett thriller looks incredible.
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    Red Rocket Is Ready to Cure Us of Our Love of Fast-Talking UnderdogsSean Baker’s comedy, starring Simon Rex as a washed-up porn star, is a queasy exploration of a type of character we’ve been trained to like.
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    With The Hand of God, Paolo Sorrentino Gets Achingly PersonalThis lovely, tragic coming-of-age tale set in Naples tries to express the inexpressible.
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    Do You Like West Side Story? Then You’ll Love West Side Story.Steven Spielberg finally makes his musical. It was (mostly) worth the wait.
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    Benedetta Is Pure Verhoeven, for Better and for WorseThis tale of lesbianism, spirituality, and plague in a 17th-century Tuscan convent is somehow both shocking and obvious.
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    Licorice Pizza’s Unlikely Romance Is the Least Interesting Thing About ItPaul Thomas Anderson’s love letter to the Valley in the ’70s is a series of delightful episodes attached to a less compelling central story.
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    The Humans’ New York Thanksgiving Is All Too RealStephen Karam effectively adapts his stage drama for the screen, crafting an observant study of the things we share and suppress among family.
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    Encanto Is the Best Disney Animated Film Since FrozenA tale of magic and belonging, with a surprisingly intimate emotional journey at its core.
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    Joaquin Phoenix Gives a Career-Best Performance in C’mon C’monMike Mills’s latest film is a balm for these chaotic, heartbreaking times.
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    House of Gucci Isn’t a Good Movie, But It’s Definitely a Good TimeIt’s shapeless, hammy as hell, and no one in it agrees on what an Italian accent sounds like — but the Lady Gaga–led fashion saga is undeniably fun.
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    Tick, Tick…Boom! Is a Fascinating, Fractured Portrait of a Creative MindThe musical’s film adaptation feels like flipping open a thrift store jacket that wasn’t designed to be reversible, but works anyway.
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    Will Smith’s Performance Makes King Richard Worth SeeingIt’s not so much a biopic of Richard Williams, father to Venus and Serena, as it is a portrait of a family at a pivotal time in their lives.
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    Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast Is a Bolder Movie Than It SeemsThe director has made an autobiographical film, set during the Troubles, about lower-case t troubles.
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    Finch Might Make You Cry Like a Baby, But Is It Any Good?Tom Hanks can’t save us, but he can save that dog.
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    Netflix’s The Harder They Fall Is a Mess, But It’s a Fun MessThis star-studded, stylized Western may not hang together, but it has an infectious energy all its own.
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    Eternals Is Nobody’s FilmChloé Zhao’s MCU entry is stuffed to the gills with movie stars, yet it has no idea what to do with all that shine.
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    Spencer Is a Portrait of a Princess Too Sane to Play the Royals’ GameKristen Stewart may not resemble the real Diana, Princess of Wales, but she does an incredible job of capturing the woman’s charisma and her sadness.
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    The Souvenir Part II Is All Truth and Dead EndsThere’s a sealed-off quality to the second of Joanna Hogg’s memoirs, a sense that it’s possible to authentically portray only oneself.
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    Last Night in Soho Is a Mostly Intoxicating AffairStarring Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie, Edgar Wright’s freewheeling, pop-drenched homage to Swinging London is buoyant and brutal.
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    Cousteau and Me‘Becoming Cousteau’ charts the legendary explorer’s life, but it strikes a note of despair.
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    The French Dispatch Is the Most Wes Anderson Movie Wes Anderson Has Ever MadeThe ensemble anthology is airless, overly whimsical, and utterly delightful — sorry!
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    Dune Doesn’t Care If You Like ItDenis Villeneuve’s gloriously unfriendly take on Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic wants to feel as alien as possible.
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    The Last Duel Is a Bro-Down Epic With a Metal HeartIt’s not so much a history lesson as it is a savage, beautiful catharsis.
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    Halloween Kills Is Afraid of ItselfIt wants to be a gonzo send-up and a social-message movie at the same time. It winds up being neither.
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    Bergman Island Is a Giddy Exploration of the Gap Between Art and ArtistMia Hansen-Løve’s new film takes place on the Swedish island that was famously home to Ingmar Bergman, but it makes room for ABBA as well.
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    Ghostbusters: Afterlife Is a Reanimated CorpseBut hey, people love zombies.
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    Lamb Is a Dark Fairy Tale With a Great Concept and Not Much to SayThe new A24 movie has a way with wordlessness — for better and worse.
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    Titane Isn’t Just an Extravaganza of Body Horror and Automotive SexJulia Ducournau’s Palme d’Or winner is a fascinating, confounding work about the longing for control over one’s own flesh.
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    If You Like Westerns, You’ll Want to See Old HenryTim Blake Nelson reminds us that he’s one of the best we’ve got.
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    Who Let Venom: Let There Be Carnage In on the Joke?In trying to do more of what made the first Venom work, the new super(anti)hero movie ruins things.
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    The Many Saints of Newark Can’t Bring Back The SopranosThe Sopranos prequel is interesting to consider as a companion piece to the series, less so as a movie in its own right.
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    No Time to Die Is Fun, But Only When It Dares to BeDaniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond has plenty of action spectacle, but it can get mired in self-seriousness. Big surprise.
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    The Tragedy of Macbeth Is Basically One Phenomenal Denzel Washington PerformanceJoel Coen’s stark Shakespeare adaptation could have gone even more minimalist and had a cast of only two, to be honest.
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    Dear Evan Hansen Walks Through the Uncanny Valley, Ascends AnywayWhen the movie Dear Evan Hansen works, it’s working against the original musical’s platitudes and giving weight to its inherent brutality.
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    Let Nicolas Cage Guide You Through the Madness of Prisoners of the GhostlandIn Japanese director Sion Sono’s eye-popping postapocalyptic Western-samurai-sci-fi epic, the actor gets to play hero, villain, and clown.
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    The Eyes of Tammy Faye Is All Eyelashes, No TeethJessica Chastain goes big as the disgraced televangelist’s wife, but the movie doesn’t know what to make of Tammy Faye beyond her outrageous style.
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    Copshop Is a Nasty, Nutty SlaughterfestGerard Butler continues to do the lord’s work.
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