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  • At the start of Woody Allen's campus comedy Irrational Man, caddish professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) drives up to a new school that's already steeled itself for his arrival. “Of course, my reputation — a reputation — preceded me,” admits...

  • In 2012, documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer made a splash with The Act of Killing, in which he sought out members of Indonesian killing squads, individuals who murdered thousands of innocent citizens accused of being communists after a...

  • Traditional coming-of-age films like A Borrowed Identity don't often come from Israel, which is one of the film's points. There, youth is fast-forwarded away, especially if you're an Arab, like gifted child Eyad (Razi Gabareen), burdened...

  • At the beginning of That Sugar Film, writer-director Damon Gameau is full of joyful energy, something the goofy Australian documentarian attributes to exercise and a balanced diet that includes no refined sugar. Then, to test his...

  • "Have you ever given in to an aggressive urge or impulse?" a psychologist asks a college volunteer. "No, no!" assures the student. "I go to Stanford." Thanks to that kid -- and 23 others who joined the infamous study that gives its name to Kyle...

  • It’s been 32 years since the release of National Lampoon’s Vacation, in which Chevy Chase, as dad Clark Griswold, packed his Griswold clan into what looked like the Country Squire from hell and sought the family-bonding experience by driving...

  • How much time would you like to spend in the company of benignly kooky hobbyists? That’s the question to ask before committing to docu-commercial A LEGO Brickumentary, a largely genial but frequently wearying feature-length toy ad. The film’s...

  • Mission: Impossible is Tom Cruise's blockbuster plaything, a toy chest he offers to directors who catch his eye. Cruise used it to resurrect Brian De Palma, capitalize on John Woo, transition J.J. Abrams from TV to film, and shift Brad...

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