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'Paint It Black' Review: Suicide Sparks Conflict in Savagely Moving Debut

It's impossible to quantify what it takes to be a quality director – but damn, you know it when you see it. And you'll see it clear and strong in Paint It Black, a staggeringly impressive feature directing debut for actress Amber Tamblyn.

Adapting Janet Fitch's 2006 novel with her co-screenwriter Ed Dougherty, Tamblyn chooses a hot-button topic for her first

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'Wakefield' Review: Bryan Cranston Shines as Man Who Blows Up His Life

Ambition in film doesn't get enough credit these days – maybe because it's so rare. But the daring of writer-director Robin Swicord is all over Wakefield. Based on a 2008 short story by E.L. Doctorow (and before that, an 1835 tale from none other than Nathaniel Hawthorne), the film gets whisper-close to Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston), a New York lawyer who turns his life upside

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'Alien: Covenant' Review: Latest Man-vs-Xenomorph Epic is Smart, Scary as Hell

There's a knockout scene in the mind-bending space thriller that is Alien: Covenant in which David, an android played by Michael Fassbender, teaches Walter – the upgraded 2.0 model, also played by Fassbender – how to play a flute. "Watch me … I'll do the fingering," says David with enough come-on carnality to singe the screen. Can art, science, spirituality and rampaging ego be

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'Snatched' Review: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn Almost Save So-So Raunch-Com

There have been complaints in early reviews about Snatched being disposable junk. Huh? Let's back up a minute. The comedy stars Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer as mom and daughter – those words alone should mean something for film enthusiasts, and not just because Mother's Day weekend. Schumer, the baby-faced bad girl of 2.0 comedy, is teaming up with Hawn, a laugh-inducing golden girl

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'Paris Can Wait' Review: Alec Baldwin, Diane Lane Make Breezy Rom-Com Travelogue

If you’re longing for a delicious romantic romp to take your mind off the world going to hell in hand basket, Paris Can Wait is it. Eleanor Coppola, best known for putting together and narrating the landmark 1991 documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (about the torments suffered by her husband Francis Ford Coppola during the filming of Apocalypse

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'Manifesto' Review: Cate Blanchett, 12 Roles, One Genius Acting Showcase

Take one Oscar-winning actor. Pair her with a German visual artist, one with a puckish sense of humor. Give her 12 different roles, including female archetypes ranging from a Southern housewife to a blow-dried broadcast newsreader, and pray that Cindy Sherman doesn't sue. And then give her some of the most (in)famous declarations of sociopolitical/artistic intent ever written – Marx to Maples

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'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' Review: Welcome to a King-Sized Pile of Crap

Director Guy Ritchie can turn London crime dramas into cinematic lightning – think of his breakthrough movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000) and RocknRolla (2008). But apply his fast cuts and jagged pacing to the Arthurian legend and you get, well, a brutal, bleedin' mess. That about sums up King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, an epic bore

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'Risk' Review: Julian Assange Doc Doubles As Portrait of Power Run Amuck

Documentarian Laura Poitras is our nonfiction poet laureate of paranoia, a vérité surveyor of the global surveillance state who feels compelled to train her cameras on what's really happening – in occupied war zones (My Country, My Country), Guantanamo P.O.W. trials (The Oath), the eye of NSA-whistleblowing shitstorms (the Oscar-winning Citizenfour). Even when she's not

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'The Lovers' Movie Review: Bittersweet Rom-Com Gives Debra Winger Her Comeback

Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracy Letts) are married. She has something going on the sly with an Irish novelist  (Aidan Gillen); he's been sneaking around with a high-strung ballet teacher (Melora Walters). Both are counting the days until they can dissolve the union and move in with their new partners. Then, on the brink of separation, Mary and Michael decide they still turn each

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'3 Generations' Review: This Trans-Issue Melodrama Is a Mess in a Dress

How do you screw this up? You've got three leading actresses – Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning – who are usually worth watching in anything. But 3 Generations is pushing it. Even nurturing talent can't breathe life into a script that is completely D.O.A.

In fact, the movie has been lying dormant on a Weinstein Company shelf since it debuted at the 2015 Toronto

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'The Dinner' Review: Sibling Rivalry Drama Is an All-Star Acting Masterclass

Oren Moverman doesn't make movies so much as set traps. His films as writer and director – the military-vet drama The Messenger, the bad-cop character study Rampart, the incredible portrait-of-a-homeless-man Time Out of Mind – are built to detonate. And when the explosion comes, the dust never really clears; you're left with shards that keep digging in, provocations

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'The Circle' Review: Torn-From-Headlines Tech Thriller Is Cinematic Dead Link

What we have here is one of those up-to-the-minute attacks on Internet atrocities that stopped being up-to-the-minute the second co-writer Dave Eggers, on whose 2013 novel The Circle is based, finished the script and hit "send." Fact trumps (I use the verb advisedly) fiction everywhere these days, especially with Congress giving Web providers a free hand to sell every little thing they

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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Review: Marvel Space Opera's Sequel Is a Blast

Let's face it: No one gave half a damn about Guardians of the Galaxy before the bastard child of the Marvel Cinematic Universe hit the multiplex in 2014. Then we all effing loved it. So what if the comic book, created in 1969, felt like Avengers-lite on the page; on screen, it achieved a near-perfect comic lift-off, thanks to cowriter-director James Gunn

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'Free Fire' Review: Ballistic Crime Thriller Brings Out the Big Guns

A wise man once said that all you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun. British filmmaker Ben Wheatley doesn't let his entry in the tough-guy canon tweak that formula per se – he just ups the ante substantially on the second part. Set in a Seventies Boston of mile-wide lapels and John Denver 8-tracks, this high-concept, high-caliber crime thriller maneuvers a

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'Unforgettable' Review: Vengeful-Female Thriller Is Pure Sexist Exploitation

Unforgettable is definitely the wrong title for a movie you want to erase from your memory the second it ends. Times are hard for women filmmakers, so it's troubling news when talented producer Denise Di Novi (Heathers, Edward Scissorhands, Crazy Stupid Love) chooses to make her directing debut with a film that recycles every Psycho Barbie cliché in the Hollywood

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'The Promise' Review: Who Wants an Old-School Love-Triangle Epic About Genocide?

There are two movies fighting for control of Terry George's attempt at a "topical" historical epic. The first, a scalding dramatization of the Ottoman Empire's 1915 genocidal annihilation of its Armenian citizens, is everything you expect from the heartfelt committed director behind films like Hotel Rwanda and Some Mother's Son. The second – the one that reduces

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'A Quiet Passion' Review: Cynthia Nixon Shines as Emily Dickinson

The Furious 8 crowd is advised to run for the hills. Terence Davies is a poet of cinema, of images, sounds and rhythms that define a life. Davies films move at a pace demanded by the material, not fidgety audiences. His remarkable debut features –

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'The Lost City of Z' Review: Charlie Hunnam Hunts for His Heart of Darkness

James Gray makes films like an explorer, digging for the details that define character and art. The Lost City of Z doesn't look like Gray's other movies. Little Odessa, The Yards, We Own the Night, Two Lovers and The Immigrant mostly investigated the corners of his native New York. The Lost City of Z, set in Ireland, England and the Amazonian jungle at the start of

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'The Fate of the Furious' Review: Vin Diesel Rides High on Fumes

It's party time for action junkies and auto-erotics. The Fate of the Furious, a.k.a. Furious 8, is a bolt of greased lightning that never lets up on the shake, rattle and hum. Is it as killer good as 2015's Furious 7? Don't get greedy. That thunderously exciting and surprisingly touching blockbuster would have made the ideal capper to the Fast and the Furious

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'Norman' Review: Richard Gere's Political Fixer Drama Is a Career High

The subtitle for this compulsively watchable film is The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer. It’s a mouthful. But Norman, written and directed by American-born Israeli Joseph Cedar (Footnote) in his first English-language film, is a spellbinder that features Richard Gere in one of his best performances ever.

The American Gigolo star

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