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'Motherless Brooklyn' Is A Noir Miss

Edward Norton's passion project — an over-lit, neo-noir adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's 1999 novel — struggles to convey the novel's interiority. (Image credit: Glen Wilson/Warner Bros. Pictures)

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'Doctor Sleep' Is Haunted By The Ghost Of Stanley Kubrick

Mike Flanagan directs a meandering, imitative sequel to both the Stephen King book and the Stanley Kubrick movie, The Shining; its nonhorror elements prove more persuasive than its scares. (Image...

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In A Rote, Rebooted 'Charlie's Angels,' Only Kristen Stewart Earns Her Wings

Writer-director Elizabeth Banks' take on the franchise plays "like a campy, under-budgeted 'Mission: Impossible,' " that loses momentum whenever Stewart is off-screen. (Image credit: Merie Weismiller...

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Small-Town Grief Gets Surreal In The Twisted And Twisty 'Knives And Skin'

Writer-director Jennifer Reeder's soon-to-be cult hit is "Twin Peaks as recast through the lens of radical feminism, if not nearly as academic as that sounds." (Image credit: IFC Midnight)

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'Cats': Spay It

"The fundamental wrongness ... never dissipates," says critic Scott Tobias. (Image credit: Universal Pictures)

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'Dolittle' Does A Lot, All Of It Terribly

Robert Downey Jr.'s first post-Marvel Universe foray "is not a film. Dolittle is a crime scene in need of forensic analysis. Something happened here. Something terrible. Something inexplicable." (Image...

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'Young Ahmed' Is A Flawed But Complex Character Study

The premise — young Belgian Muslim sets out to murder one of his teachers — has drawn sharp criticism; the film itself is "hugely flawed" but more thoughtful than the controversy surrounding it. (Image...

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'The Invisible Man': When Danger Is Present — And Clear

Leigh Whannell's update of the H.G. Wells novel traffics in a "psychological realism that's unusual for the genre," which effectively transforms it into "Gaslight with a horror twist." (Image credit:...

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It Ain't Cabot Cove: Murder In Maine Haunts The Twisty 'Blow The Man Down'

Two sisters attempt to cover up a killing in a fishing village that harbors its own sinister secrets in this film that evokes the tone of films like Fargo and Blood Simple. (Image credit: Jeong...

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'Vivarium': House Hunters, Unnatural

A young couple seeking a house in the 'burbs encounter an unexpected (sub)development and cannot leave. Despite its Twilight Zone premise, the film's "eccentricity and wit" carry it a long way. (Image...

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A Young Cult Member Turns Against Her Flock In 'The Other Lamb'

Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska's film about a young woman (Raffey Cassidy) questioning her place in a remote religious cult wears its broad allegory on its (woolen) sleeve. (Image credit: IFC...

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In The Disappointingly Thin 'Tigertail,' A Taiwanese Immigrant Struggles To...

Writer/director Alan Yang turns away from his proven track record in comedy for this "earnest, drippy" multi-generational drama that traffics in underwritten, wanly dramatized conflicts. (Image credit:...

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Documentary 'Beyond The Visible: Hilma Af Klint' Makes Solid Case For...

This documentary about an under-recognized abstract painter presents "an extensive case for Klint as a major artist while casting a jaundiced eye on how art history gets written." (Image credit: Kino...

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The Mom-And-Pop Bookstore That Sold Gay Porn: 'Circus Of Books'

Rachel Mason and her siblings grew up unaware that their parents ran a gay bookstore. Her "affectionate but thinly realized" documentary skims the surface of stories that deserve deeper dives. (Image...

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Troubled Teen Finds New Direction In Clear-Eyed 'Bull'

A 14-year-old girl finds herself drawn to bull riding in this "humble and low-key to a fault" debut feature. (Image credit: Samuel Goldwyn FIlm)

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