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    If Beale Street Could Talk Is Romance on Top, Despair Beneath the SurfaceIn Barry Jenkins’s work, loss is a given. He lyricizes it and sometimes seems to wallow in it.
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    The Mule Is a Modest Twist on the Clint Eastwood MythWithout many advance screenings or the usual ballyhoo for a Clint Eastwood film.
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    Mary Poppins Returns, Without the MagicIt’s a work of painstaking re-creation, and it’s full of nice touches. But it’s a bit of a dud.
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    Prepare to Be Blown Away by the Child Actors in the Heartbreaking CapernaumLebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki’s tragic childhood tale is fabulous filmmaking, but a lot to endure.
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    Mortal Engines Is a Breath of Fresh AirIt’s a pretty admirably engineered work of escapism, made all the more astonishing by its ability to stand independent of a cinematic universe.
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    See Aquaman for Its Trippy Undersea Visuals and You Won’t Be DisappointedThere are two kinds of people: those who break out into a stupid grin upon hearing the words “Ocean Master,” and those whose hearts are made of stone.
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    Clara’s Ghost Is One of the Strangest Films of the YearBridey Elliott’s film strikes veins both horrific and comedic, without ever quite settling down to any genre.
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    Tyrel Is a Subtle — Then Brutally Effective — Portrait of Racial AlienationIt’s a chamber orchestra of unconscious prejudice and passive-aggression, with Jason Mitchell’s performance as the violin solo at the center of it.
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    The Brilliant Doc Divide and Conquer Tells Roger Ailes’s Origin StoryNo matter how far back it reaches, Divide and Conquer always feels as if it’s in the present tense.
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    Ben Is Back Is Superbly EffectiveI can’t remember ever having seen Julia Roberts work this hard.
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    Vox Lux Is a Fascinating FailureNatalie Portman’s pop-star drama feels like it has a lot to say, but never gets around to it.
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    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Is Infectiously FunMiles Morales’s Spider-Man gets his big-screen debut, and it’s one of the most enjoyable superhero films — and computer-animated films — of our era.
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    Mary Queen of Scots Turns Its Queen Into a Generic Underdog FigureIt’s painfully old-fashioned, yet another type of movie that we may no longer have much use for — the awards-season, low-concept costume drama.
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    Dumplin’ Is a Breath of Fresh AirIts world feels so lived-in, its characters so engaging, that you often find yourself wondering about what they’ll do once the cameras stop rolling.
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    The Party’s Just Beginning Is Karen Gillan’s Pitch-black Directorial DebutThere’s very little upside in this tale of depression and suicide in a quaint little Scottish town.
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    Happy As Lazzaro Is a Barbed-Wire SatirePart of the movie’s fun is how it forces you to share Lazarro’s go-along-to-get-along ebullience.
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    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Takes The Jungle Book in a Nightmarish DirectionMowgli at times feels — and I mean this as a compliment — like the psychic runoff hiding beneath Disney’s colorful, kid-friendly Jungle Book.
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    Mirai Is a Galaxy-Brained Journey Through a Family’s Past and FutureMamoru Hosoda tells this child’s story at a child’s eye level, and the diversions feel part and parcel of that point of view.
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    Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built Is a Narcissistic, Ugly SlogVon Trier returns with a violent, banal, navel-gazing session.
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    The Mercy Is Both Moving and ConfusingIt’s got Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz in top form, and The Mercy nails the emotion, but comes up somewhat short as a narrative.
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    Robin Hood Is a Cinematically and Politically Incoherent Movie SaladRobin Hood is Antifa now, or something?
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    The Favourite Is Wonderful, Nasty FunThough mostly twaddle as history, it’s the machinations of the movie’s characters that will sweep you up.
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    At Eternity’s Gate Puts You Inside Vincent van Gogh’s HeadAs an act of sympathetic imagination, the movie is only partly successful, but that part can take your breath away. The images vibrate with emotion.
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    The Palme D’Or-Winning Shoplifters Is a Subtle Tale of a Family on the MarginsHirokazu Kore-Eda delivers another layered, intimate story, this time about a poor Japanese family that lovingly kidnaps an abused girl.
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    Creed II Is More of a Rocky Sequel, But It Still Lands Some Solid PunchesCreed II is pretty rough around the edges, in a way that the blisteringly confident and unexpectedly stylized Creed was not.
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    Green Book Spoon-feeds You, But It Goes Down EasyOn paper it sounds cringeworthy, but it’s a lot of fun.
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    The Clovehitch Killer Is a Smartly Underplayed Domestic NightmareA nearly unrecognizable Dylan McDermott plays a suburban dad from hell.
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    Jinn Is a Radically Empathetic Tale of a Teen’s Religious ConversionWriter-director Nijla Mu’min tells the story of a mother’s and daughter’s search for faith.
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    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Is a Tedious Slog, But It Ends WellAmid all the exposition and setup, nobody really seems to do anything.
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     Instant Family Is Both Utterly Heartfelt and Utterly ShamelessDon’t be surprised if the Mark Wahlberg–Rose Byrne foster-care epic makes a trillion dollars.
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    Widows Is a Thoroughly Entertaining CaperMcQueen wouldn’t do a mere genre movie, of course.
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    Ansel Elgort Shows Real Range in the Otherwise Mediocre JonathanJonathan is good enough for us to want it to be better.
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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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