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  • The death of Amy Winehouse, in July 2011, at age 27, was one of the first great tragedies of 21st-century pop music, an event that emphasized the jarring contrast between the fragility of human lives and the half-comforting, half-haunting...

  • "The word 'vigilante' has been given a bad name by the media," grouses volunteer border guard Tim Foley, a recovered meth addict now leading a militia in the Arizona brush. And so Matthew Heineman's astonishing documentary Cartel Land...

  • The reason to see Marc Silver's documentary 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets -- about the 2012 shooting of Jordan Davis, a black teenager, by Michael Dunn, a white, middle-aged computer programmer -- is to behold the grueling courtroom testimony...

  • While Michael Winterbottom's ambitious true-crime thriller The Face of an Angel questions society's fascination with real murder investigations, the film's drama isn't psychologically complex enough to provide thoughtful answers. Based on...

  • With Testament of Youth, our collective poppy-strewn dream imagery of a decimated generation of the gallant young men of WWI -- and their noble horses too -- might undergo a sea change. Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), simultaneously...

  • There's no reverie Alonso Ruizpalacios's Güeros can't shatter, no presumed truth it can't complicate, no expectation of closure it won't dash. Set in Mexico City during 1999's 292-day student strike at the Universidad Nacional...

  • An old man working alone in a dusty shop is always a sign of emotional malaise and a tortured relationship with the past, be it Rod Steiger in The Pawnbroker or Al Pacino in David Gordon Green's Manglehorn. A.J. Manglehorn (Pacino)...

  • Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 Magic Mike was a tease. The ads tempted audiences with sweaty chests and thrusting crotches, but after Soderbergh lured us into his all-male strip club, he turned on the lights to show us the squalor. His hunks were...

  • Five films into the franchise, Terminator: Genisys feels like a VHS cassette that’s been rewound and recorded over for 21 years. Director Alan Taylor (of the unmemorable Thor: The Dark World) gives us images — a thumbs-up, an abandoned factory, a...

  • Satire is a tricky thing. It's best when executed in such a way that not only is the subject amusingly ridiculed, but some alternative to the current state of affairs is suggested. L.A. Slasher, a would-be cutting-edge indictment of...