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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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    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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    Copshop Is a Nasty, Nutty SlaughterfestGerard Butler continues to do the lord’s work.
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    Clint Eastwood’s Lovely, Awkward Cry Macho Is As Fragile As Its 91-Year-Old StarThe picture doesn’t always work, but it works when it has to.
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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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    Queenpins Somehow Makes a Coupon-Scam Caper a DragThe new movie ping-pongs between buoyant caper, farce, and female empowerment drama without ever lingering long enough to make an impact.
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    Tiffany Haddish and Oscar Isaac Are Off-Kilter Hot Together in The Card CounterWhat does professional poker have in common with enhanced interrogation? This lean, mean thriller (of sorts) from Paul Schrader.
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    The Power of the Dog and Jane Campion’s Triumphant ReturnHer new Western starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst may be one of her greatest films.
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    Shang-Chi Treats Tony Leung As More Compelling Than Its HeroThere’s something cruel about putting Simu Liu up against a legend of Hong Kong cinema who is the very embodiment of what it means to be a movie star.
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    Camila Cabello’s Girlboss Cinderella Is Nothing to Sing AboutJames Corden’s take on the not-so-feminist tale joins a relentless advance of pandemic movie musicals.
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    Candyman Is a Soulless, Didactic ReimaginingNia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s horror sequel gravely misunderstands the allure of the original and has nothing meaningful to say on its own.
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    Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Annihilates Its Own Animation to Reveal ItselfAnime director Hideaki Anno excavates his characters’ emotions by deconstructing the world around them.
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    The Protégé Is Uninspiring Action Movie Comfort Food. But It Is Comfort Food.The fights are good, the dialogue is lousy, and it’s been a long week. No judgments.
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    Hugh Jackman’s Sci-fi Noir Reminiscence Is Weirdly BoringIt’s not that director Lisa Joy, the co-creator of Westworld, doesn’t have interesting ideas — but they’re all shoved to the side.
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    The Beautiful, Baffling Annette Dares You to Take It SeriouslyAdam Driver and Marion Cotillard bare it all, in more ways than one, for Leos Carax and Sparks’ moving, bizarre musical.
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    Of Course the Murdering Rapist From Don’t Breathe Is the Protagonist NowWe love to make a horror villain into someone you’re meant to root for — the thrills of the genre make it irresistible.
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    Ryan Reynolds (Almost) Saves Free GuyHis pathological insincerity might be just what this derivative action-comedy needs.
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    Netflix’s Beckett Is a Leisurely Chase ThrillerAmerican tourist John David Washington escapes from Greek cops and hooks up with Vicky Krieps. Relax, it’s not as interesting as it sounds.
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    CODA Is an Occasionally Corny But Very Effective Family DramedyEmilia Jones plays the only hearing member of a Massachusetts fishing family in this Sundance crowd-pleaser that’s hard to resist.
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    Respect Dulls the Inherent Glow of Aretha FranklinThis movie may satisfy those who want to bask in Franklin’s music. But if that’s the desire, I’d suggest playing her records instead.
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    Val Doesn’t Know Who Val Kilmer Is, and That’s a Good ThingA moving new documentary about the elusive life and career of an endlessly fascinating actor.
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    Udo Kier Will Break Your Heart in Swan SongThe German actor is tremendous in this elegiac comedy about a flamboyant former hairdresser living in a small Ohio town.
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    A Little of The Suicide Squad Goes a Long WayIt’s possible James Gunn’s “soft reboot” of the DC superhero franchise is too much of a good thing and not enough of a better thing.
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    Matt Damon Makes For an Excellent Unlovable American in StillwaterThe new movie from Spotlight director Tom McCarthy is a character study in the guise of a crime thriller.
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    Disney’s Jungle Cruise Is MurderAnd not in the good way.
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    The Green Knight Is a Ravishing, Unsettling FantasyIn David Lowery’s new A24 movie, Dev Patel is a gadabout in search of a legend to call his own.
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    M. Night Shyamalan’s Old Is Beautifully Made and Terribly WrittenThe Sixth Sense director still has a way with sinister shots, but is oddly invested in having the audience care about his cardboard characters.
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    Joe Bell Is a Moving Tale That Misses Its Chance at GreatnessMark Wahlberg stars in the real-life story of a man who tried to walk across the country to spread an anti-bullying message.
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    Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins Is Nice to Look at, SometimesIf you told me everybody making this movie had an Uzi pointed at their head, I might believe you.
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    Isabelle Huppert Plays a Parisian Drug Lord in Mama WeedThat’s it. That’s the review.
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    See Pig and Tremble Before Your Own MortalityLet Nicolas Cage illuminate the way.
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    The Anthony Bourdain Doc Roadrunner Can Be Invasive. Sometimes, It’s Worse.In deciding to treat his subject as a mystery to be solved, director Morgan Neville makes some ugly choices.
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    Maybe Netflix’s Fear Street Should Have Just Been a TV ShowThe delightfully nasty Fear Street exists in this strange space between movies and television, serving neither format well.
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    The Women of Netflix’s Gunpowder Milkshake Deserve BetterIs this really the best Hollywood can offer the likes of Michelle Yeoh and Angela Bassett?
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    The New Space Jam Never Thought It Could Be a Good MovieWhich is a shame, because LeBron James is certainly a better actor than His Airness ever was.
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    The Mysterious, Mesmerizing Scales Has a Lot on Its MindSaudi director Shahad Ameen’s dystopian fable captivates us with its stark, enigmatic world.
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    Black Widow Bids a Barbed Farewell to the MCU’s First Female SuperheroScarlett Johansson plays Natasha one last time (for now) in an espionage adventure that’s as much a criticism of the character as a good-bye.
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    The Tomorrow War Is Just As Stupid As It Needs to BeIt’s Edge of Tomorrow meets Interstellar meets Aliens meets Independence Day, with their brains removed. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
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    The Forever Purge Finally Gives Up on AmericaThe franchise used to consider the innate awfulness of humans as a controversial notion. Not anymore.
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    Zola the Movie Is a Chillier Exploration of Trauma Than the Tweets We All ReadJanicza Bravo and co-writer Jeremy O. Harris’s retelling is not exactly the wild romp of the viral thread it’s based on.
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    Hulu’s False Positive Isn’t Quite Horror, But It Will Freak You OutIlana Glazer and John Lee’s fertility thriller needs to gestate a little more.
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    The Ice Road Is Somehow Both Really Smart and Really StupidIt starts off as one kind of Liam Neeson movie and then becomes another kind of Liam Neeson movie.
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    F9 Brings an Improbably Good Gearhead Daddy-Issues Opera HomeCinéma, it lives.
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    Review: Pixar’s Luca Is a Literal Fish-Out-of-Water FantasyThough charming and vibrant, the new Disney film aspires for greater meaning that it doesn’t always reach.
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    The Bleak, Beautiful Holler Marks the Arrival of a Major New TalentNicole Riegel’s suspenseful Rust Belt drama might seem familiar, but don’t be surprised if it astonishes you.
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    Ramshackle Dreams Make In the Heights a Believable FairytaleUncertainty, humanity, and fantasy turn this Broadway adaptation into a show-stopper.
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    Mark Wahlberg’s Reincarnation Movie Infinite Needs a Few More Lifetimes of WorkSuch a high-concept action movie, so little imagination.
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    Undine Is a Perplexing Take on the Mermaid MythThe new film from the Phoenix director Christian Petzold is hard to shake off, even if it also never really comes together.
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    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Should Have Stuck to the Haunted HousesThe Patrick Wilson–Vera Farmiga horror franchise tries to depart from its previous format, with some seriously mixed results.
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    Cruella Is the Girl-Bossification of the MadwomanCruella takes one of the richest narrative archetypes and whittles her down into a glossy, hollow, capitalism-approved monster.
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