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    American Factory Gestures Toward the End of the Working World As We Know ItThe Obamas’ Netflix doc is an eye-opening prelude to the rise of machines.
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    Ready or Not Is a Brutal Evisceration of Marriage and the RichFor all the blood and mayhem, it is Samara Weaving’s guttural scream that forces us to bear witness to the horrors of institutions.
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    Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Nowhere, Damn ItNot even Cate Blanchett can save this out-of-focus adaptation.
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    Comedies End With Weddings, But After the Wedding Is No ComedyBart Freundlich’s family drama hasn’t been well-received, but tearjerkers rarely have this kind of stuffing.
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    Good Boys Is Funny Because It’s AbominableSome moviegoers might want to leave the theater and file a lawsuit. I stayed and laughed.
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    The Kitchen Is an Empty Paean to Girl PowerThe late-‘70s crime flick doesn’t live up to the promise of its premise — or its cast.
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    Cold Case Hammarskjöld Presents a Conspiracy You’ll Want to BelieveThis tricked-up documentary about a suspicious 1961 plane crash in Zambia reminds you that conspiracy theories make for great yarns.
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    Brace Yourself for the Devastating Documentary One Child NationNanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s first-person film chronicles China’s one-child policy in infuriating, tragic, grisly detail.
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    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Serves Unnerving, Old-School Horror to KidsIt starts off as a quaint, small-town fright flick before plunging headlong into a full-on, grotesque shriek-fest.
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    Luce Review: Doubt Everything and AnythingJ.C. Lee’s eerie story demands to be discussed, debated, embraced, or (perhaps) rejected.
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    Hobbs & Shaw Is a Refreshing Antidote to Franchise BloatTurns out whittling the bulging series down to two guys who hate each other can be strangely liberating.
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    In The Nightingale, There’s No Escaping the Rankness of Male DepravityThe Babadook director returns with a graphically violent, Australian-frontier revenge thriller.
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    What Are We to Make of Skin, Another Redemption Tale About Neo-Nazis?Jamie Bell’s performance is downright volcanic in this imperfect story of learned hatred.
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    The Horror Is Real in the Syrian Doc For SamaThe film doesn’t feel like raw footage — it has been carefully shaped, with a bit of movie-­ish suspense during the final hours.
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    Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Is a Seductive Pipe DreamThe director’s dream world is a sadistic place, but in a way it’s sublime, like heaven nestled inside hell.
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    In the Surreal Horror Movie Luz, the Devil Is in the 16mmIf Tilman Singer’s low-budget haunt had been a play, I’d probably have walked out, but as a film I found it eerie enough to stay rooted.
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    Practice The Art of Self-Defense Against This MovieRiley Stearns’s anti-macho black comedy is cringeworthy in a good way, and hilarious in a not-good way.
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    The Lion King Is an Unusually Good Nature Documentary. Is That What We Wanted?Technically speaking, it’s a marvel. But having entered the photorealistic realm, the mood of the movie has changed.
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    Jasmin Mozaffari’s Firecrackers Is a Debut Film to WatchWhat the director does better than almost anyone I can think of is dramatize the illusory nature of control.
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    Stuber Is Not the Odd-Couple Cop Comedy You Were Looking ForStill, Dave Bautista’s got real star power, and he keeps you watching.
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    The Summer’s Best Thriller Is a Movie About Home-Invading AlligatorsA film about murderous, hurricane-rattled reptiles grants us one of the season’s most memorable horror heroines.
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    Sword of Trust Is an Ambling Comedy of Manners and Conspiracy TheoriesMarc Maron is excellent as he navigates the disorienting effects of a post-truth world.
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    The Farewell Is a Big Arrival for Director Lulu WangAwkwafina turns in her best acting performance yet in a stranger-than-fiction true family story.
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    Marianne & Leonard Tells the Story of the Greatest Breakup Song Ever WrittenLeonard Cohen’s “So Long, Marianne” is the tender heart of Nick Broomfield’s latest documentary.
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    Spider-Man: Far From Home Delivers a Single, Scary, Brilliant Answer to EndgameSay what you will about Marvel, but the people at the top are frighteningly in tune with what its audience wants.
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    Ari Aster’s Midsommar Is an Ambitious, Blurry Horror TripThe Hereditary director seems sure of only one thing: that he wants to make you feel as if your head is being sawed off.
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    Ophelia: The Female Gaze Is Strong in This OneDaisy Ridley makes a fine, modern heroine, but it’s Naomi Watts who goes big and waltzes away with the movie.
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    Yesterday Has a Fun Premise, But Doesn’t Know What to Do With ItOnly the first half of Danny Boyle’s Beatles fantasy-comedy works.
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    Wild Rose Rests on the Extraordinary Performance of Its Country GirlDirected by Tom Harper from a script by Nicole Taylor, Wild Rose has more than three chords, but the impulse is to keep it plain.
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    Child’s Play Has Lost Its Impish Spark and Gained Artificial IntelligenceThe new slasher reboot of the Chucky franchise, directed by Lars Klevberg, only half works.
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    This Toy Story Is Not Like the Other Toy StoriesSeriously, did David Lynch write this thing?
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    Shaft Review: Another Lame, Mismatched Buddy Action ComedyIt’s so aggressively puerile and phallocentric (big swinging dicks, big guns) it could be taken as a parody.
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    The Last Black Man in San Francisco Explores Friendship in a Gentrified CityJoe Talbot’s striking, occasionally contradictory feature debut exhibits both lived-in authenticity and fairy-tale hermeticism.
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    Men in Black: International: Where Did the Charm of This Franchise Go?You don’t really laugh at the Chris Hemsworth-Tessa Thompson sci-fi comedy so much as feel guilty for not laughing at it.
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    Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die Is a Heavy-Footed Zombie ComedyIt’s not unenjoyable but not quite enjoyable, either.
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    Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Thunder Revue Brilliantly Spins a Bob Dylan Tall TaleBob Dylan is clearly here to mess with us, as is our director.
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    Late Night Isn’t the Sharp Workplace Comedy We Hoped ForMindy Kaling’s first starring role in film only half works.
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    Brian De Palma’s Domino Is a Better Thriller Than MostUnderfunded, sketchily written, and heavily cut, the film still puts its contemporaries to shame.
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    Dark Phoenix Takes the X-Men to Space, With Middling ResultsSophie Turner floats above an uninspired Jean Grey saga.
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    Rocketman Tries to Levitate Its Audience, But It Falls Flat InsteadThe Elton John biopic has unusual dramatic heft for a jukebox musical, but that’s a big curve on which to grade.
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    Godzilla Is Back. What an Unholy Mess.Godzilla: King of the Monsters is visual noise. It makes “The Battle of Winterfell” look like a model of clarity.
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    Ma Is Too Muddled a Slasher Flick to WorkThe Octavia Spencer–led slasher flick places the mammy archetype in a horror context, to mixed results.
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    Booksmart Is a Goddamn Delight, and a Major Moment in the Teen Movie CanonIn the Olivia Wilde–directed comedy, a new archetype of late-2010s teendom takes shape.
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    Brightburn Is Gory, Creepy, and ObviousBut Elizabeth Banks is, as usual, very good and un-gimmicky.
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    A Movie like Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin Isn’t Shot — It’s GeneratedIt’s set inside a matrix where the real and digital worlds are indistinguishable.
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    Trial by Fire Is Painstakingly Well Made and Murderously Hard to Sit ThroughLaura Dern stars as Elizabeth Gilbert, one of the few people who questioned Cameron Todd Willingham’s death sentence in Texas.
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    John Wick 3 Is Bloated, Pretentious, and Too Stylish for Its Own GoodThe movie should by rights be a “Wow!” But it feels self-conscious, with long waits between its few dazzling fights.
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    The Souvenir Is Sometimes Formless, But Always FascinatingAt her best, writer-director Joanna Hogg convinces you that incoherence is the only honest way to tell a story with any emotional complexity.
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    It’s High Time Dennis Quaid Played a Horror-Movie PsychoSkip A Dog’s Journey and see The Intruder instead.
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    Charlie Says Is a Wobbly Look at the Manson FamilyYou want to see how a person could surrender herself to something so diabolical, which demands a higher level of insanity than the filmmakers muster.
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