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  • Jonathan Demme’s rock-and-roll dramedy Ricki and the Flash exists in a wormhole where the last five decades of pop culture are a blur. There’s 66-year-old Meryl Streep, playing a broke singer who ditched her family to dominate the stage with the...

  • Sometime in the 1980s, Marlon Brando had his face digitized, presumably as a way of leaving just a bit more of himself after his departure from this planet. As we see it in Stevan Riley’s documentary Listen to Me Marlon, that speaking, moving...

  • Sometimes, Extinction is a zombie apocalypse story; mostly, it's a meditation on isolation, redemption, and family that could, in its basic outline, be satisfyingly told outside of its genre. But then you wouldn't get to see a zombie horde...

  • 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 a Country Squire from Hell and sought the family-bonding experienceTM by...

  • 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....

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