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    For All Its Bleakness, You Can’t Stop Watching Nia DaCosta’s Little WoodsThis is not exactly a movie about how the opioid epidemic has ruined communities, but you do see how the opioid epidemic has ruined communities.
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    Penguins Would Be Amazing With the Sound Turned OffDisney’s nature documentary could do without its 1980s power-pop soundtrack.
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    Under the Silver Lake Is Loopy, Paranoid, and Extremely of Its TimeAndrew Garfield stars in the oddball L.A. mystery from It Follows director David Robert Mitchell.
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    Hooray, The Curse of La Llorona Is Actually ScaryThe horror film expands the so-called cinematic universe of The Conjuring with the introduction of a ghost from Mexican folklore.
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    Satanic Temple Documentary Hail Satan? Might Just Turn You Into a SatanistFilmmaker Penny Lane offers a fascinating look at the surprisingly sincere free-speech rabble-rousers.
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    Forget Realism, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy Delivers the SpectacleIt’s unlikely to make new converts to the series, but it’s filled with vibrant, graceful ass-kickery, and sometimes that’s all one needs.
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    Childish Gambino’s Guava Island Is a Melancholy Anti-Capitalist FableThe value of immaterial things in the shadow of capitalism is the central idea of the Rihanna-starring film.
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    Dogman Roughs You Up in a Good WayDirector Matteo Garrone views Italy as a dog-eat-dog universe in which every dog does not have his day.
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    Teen Spirit Is Empty, Dated Pop PropagandaElle Fanning is lifeless as a teen who (supposedly) wants to be a pop star in Max Minghella’s directorial debut.
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    Little Is a Confused Parable for Our Girlbossy TimesTina Gordon’s new movie shuffles into the body-switching pantheon.
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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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    Hellboy Deserves Better Than ThisHe’s one of the more interesting comic book heroes we have. Too bad his new movie is a mess.
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    Shazam!: Blessedly Old-fashioned, But Not Very GoodIts genial sloppiness might remind you of when the fates of studios didn’t rest on one or two B movies with men in goofy suits generating billions.
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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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    Don’t Let the Funny Hats Fool You, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo Is an Incendiary FilmThe historical drama gives us an anatomy of a political movement that feels utterly contemporary and urgent.
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    The Beach Bum Is Part Tragedy, Part ProvocationI can’t tell if Korine is a true dramatist or a simpleminded provocateur who lives to mess with our heads. Both, probably.
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    The Highwaymen Is Just an Excuse to Hang With Kevin Costner and Woody HarrelsonWhat if Bonnie and Clyde were just a couple of murderous psychos, and the lawmen who emptied 130 rounds into them were the real heroes?
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    Kent Jones’s Diane Is the Most Exhilarating Depressive Movie I’ve Ever SeenBut I admit that the exhilaration is hard-won and slightly perverse.
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    You Need to See the Steve Bannon Doc The BrinkIt’s the year’s most urgent documentary.
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    With Dumbo, Tim Burton Proves He Still Knows How to Give Us What We WantThe story and dialogue are pitched at the level of children’s fantasy, simple and direct and subtlety-free.
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    The Dirt Is a Parody of a Parody of a Music BiopicThere’s no getting around it, so you may as well go in prepared: The Dirt opens with female ejaculation.
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    Dragged Across Concrete Is Your Basic, Boneheaded Right-Wing Action MovieAnd nearly three hours long.
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    Us Doesn’t Live Up to Get Out, But It Shows the Promise of Jordan PeeleThe director’s second feature isn’t as trim or impish in its satire as his marvelous debut, but it’s the most inspiring kind of miss.
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    Ash Is Purest White Is an Unrequited Love Story Set in China’s 2000sJia Zhangke’s latest portrait of recent Chinese history is a long, strange, lovelorn trip — maybe a little too long.
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    Five Feet Apart Is the Logical, Heightened Conclusion of the Sick Lit GenreCole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson manage to sell an operatically romantic and sadistic cystic fibrosis love story.
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    The Hummingbird Project Is Just Passable, But See It for Alexander SkarsgårdMost of The Hummingbird Project is Jesse Eisenberg grimacing over his stomach and talking very fast.
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    The Mustang: A Slightly Formulaic Horse Drama With Great Human PerformancesThe phrase “I have to see a man about a horse” takes on new and inspirational meaning here.
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    Not Even Keira Knightley Can Save the Emotionally Constipated The AftermathWhich is a shame, because these old-fashioned romantic dramas are dying out on the big screen.
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    Nancy Drew Proves Adaptable Again, in a Haunted-House Throwback Kind of WayNancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase won’t set the world on fire, and it probably won’t start any major new movie franchises. But it doesn’t need to.
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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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    Lil Peep Documentary Is a Deeply Affecting Character Study of the Late RapperEverybody’s Everything arrives at some kind of truth about the risks and rewards of an artist with seemingly no boundaries.
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    Jordan Peele’s Us Is a Messy, Chilling Descent Into the American NightmareLupita Nyong’o is astounding in the director’s distinct follow-up to Get Out.
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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 Kid Is an Old West Adventure Refashioned As a Grotesque NightmareIn The Kid, Chris Pratt is alarmingly convincing as a screaming, relentless, over-the-top lunatic.
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    Captain Marvel Is Spotty, But See It for Brie LarsonHer Captain Marvel is a goddess emitting her own light — an astral version of Liberty at the battlements, sublime and terrifying.
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    Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria Bell Remake Works Best When It’s a Little MessyThe movie is most successful when it’s least definite, when the conversations are full of awkward holes and the relationships are in flux.
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    Dev Patel Shows His Range in The Wedding GuestMichael Winterbottom’s thriller finds Patel in a broody, sexy role — a departure from his typically fresh-faced, nice-guy performances.
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    Mapplethorpe Is, Somehow, a Shock-Free BiopicAfter the rousing but sanitized-for-PG-13 Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, get ready for a PG-13-at-heart portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe.
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    Woman at War Is an Offbeat Dramedy About an Environmental ActivistBenedikt Erlingsson could have told this tale grimly — it’s grim stuff. But he has a wild card.
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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Is Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Mannered Directing DebutPerhaps too mannered for its own good — it’s unquestionably nice and well-intentioned, but lacking momentum.
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    The Dance-Horror Film Climax Is the Best Thing Gaspar Noé Has Made in AgesIt’s like if you turned Step Up into a horror flick.
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    Cancer Drama Paddleton Is Embarrassingly Bad — Until the Stunning EndingIt’s a pity the first hour needs to be endured.
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    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Is Curiously ElegiacFor some, it’ll be a moving conclusion to an epic series. For others, it’ll be one less kids’ franchise to worry about.
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    Greta Is a Rare Miss From Neil JordanThis rote psycho-horror flick has zero subtext and twists you can see limping toward you like the zombie tropes they are.
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    Christian Petzold’s Transit Is Confounding, But CompellingOnce the bitterly ironic vision of this slow-motion mistaken-identity farce takes hold, it eats into the mind.
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    Fighting With My Family Is a Charming Underdog Story — and Amazing WWE PRIt’s just clear-eyed enough about the absurdities of a life in wrestling to have some grip to it.
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    Birds of Passage Is a KnockoutIt’s part ethnographic documentary, part The Godfather.
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    Alita: Battle Angel Is Ungainly, Hokey, and … Kinda CharmingThe only reason any of this works at all is Rosa Salazar and, I hate to say it, those goddamned big eyes.
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    Isn’t It Romantic Is the Inception of Rom-Coms (…Sort Of)It nestles a playfully meta rom-com satire inside what appears to be another rom-com — and suggests that, maybe, such movies still have their place.
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    Happy Death Day 2 U Is a Madcap Sequel That Goes to Unexpected PlacesStalk-and-kill movies bear some resemblance to classic farces, but none have taken the similarities as far as Happy Death Day and its sequel.
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