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    Ralph Breaks the Internet — But Really, the Internet Breaks RalphThe Wreck-It Ralph sequel throws its unstable protagonist into the internet — and late capitalism.
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    Aretha Franklin’s Concert Doc Amazing Grace Is TranscendentThe long-buried documentary, which Franklin blocked from theaters, is finally being released.
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    Outlaw King Is a Lot Better Than You’ve HeardAnd it’s too bad you can’t see it on a big screen.
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    The Front Runner Review Gives Gary Hart Some Dignity. The Press, Not So MuchHugh Jackman plays Hart as an excruciatingly limited man, unable to rise to the occasion when his infidelities are exposed.
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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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    Jason Mantzoukas Steals The Long Dumb RoadWhere we might expect escalating lunacy, Mantzoukas and director Hannah Fidell bring … something else.
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    Lucas Hedges Is Remarkable in Boy ErasedHe has a difficult job — to portray a teenager whose best option is to reveal nothing of himself.
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    In The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the Coens Take Old Westerns to a New FrontierThis might be their bleakest work of all, and one of their richest.
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    The Grinch Handles Dr. Seuss’s Classic With CareMostly, it offers a touching opportunity to enjoy the increasingly rare sight of a wicked one seeing the error of his ways.
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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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    They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead Is IntoxicatingMorgan Neville gives us a sense of just how much Orson Welles transformed over the years, both intentionally and unintentionally.
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    Nobody’s Fool Is a Charming MessNot caring about narrative structure means Tyler Perry can let Tiffany Haddish go to town for long stretches.
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    Bodied Is Dazzling, Aggravating, and FascinatingJoseph Kahn’s battle rap comedy-drama is uneven, but it has the fire where it counts.
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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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    Bad Mistakes, It Makes a Few — But Bohemian Rhapsody Comes ThroughIf you’re immune to this music, I don’t want to know you. If you’re immune to Rami Malek, there’s no hope for you.
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    The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Is a Sleepwalk, Not a DreamAs a contender for cherished childhood mythology, its methods are cheap. And as a mere child distractor, it seems awfully expensive.
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    Maria by Callas Is a Fleetingly Intimate Portrait of the Late Opera DivaThe documentary features recordings, interviews, and previously unpublished letters — and a lot of blank spaces.
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    Orson Welles’s The Other Side of the Wind Is a Meta-MasterpieceIt’s a gas.
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    Shirkers Is a Joyful, Haunted Tale of Creativity, Youth, and LossSandi Tan’s wildly creative documentary is part mystery, part memoir of growing up young, angry, and drunk on cinema in early-’90s Singapore.
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    A Bumbling Spy Returns in the Resoundingly Mild Johnny English Strikes AgainRowan Atkinson revives a espionage hero for another not-so-daring comedic adventure.
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    Sub Thriller Hunter Killer Is a Satisfyingly Clichéd Throwback to Simpler TimesGerard Butler stars in an undersea thriller filled with sub-movie hallmarks and featuring a competent American government trying to do its best.
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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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    Steven Yeun Makes His Leading-Man Korean Film Debut in BurningLee Chang-dong’s moody mystery is based on a Haruki Murakami short story.
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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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    Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria Remake Casts No SpellIt takes everything deliriously surreal in the original and lumbers it with German history, gender studies, and cloddish dance/performance art
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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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