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  • Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune is partly autobiographical: The Danish director of The Celebration and The Hunt lived in a commune between the ages of 7 and 19, at a time when collective living had become popular in Scandinavia. (The phenomenon...

  • Yes, dead men tell no tales — but neither, really, do the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Rather than stories, the series, of which this 2017 entry is the fifth, offers an unpalatable mix of mincing slapstick, rote derring-do, ponderous CGI,...

  • In Robin Swicord's Wakefield, an adaptation of the late E.L. Doctorow's short story of the same name, disillusioned lawyer Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) chases a raccoon from his decrepit backhouse and … never returns. The story's not science...

  • Both the poet's body and soul are made ineradicable in Davies' lovely film.

  • Despite my fondness for Quentin Tarantino, I’ve never been a Reservoir Dogs fan. Back in 1992, the writer-director’s feature debut seemed to me little more than a clever and grotesquely violent one-act play, gussied up with structural whimsy....

  • Alex Karpovsky is a gem as Ray on Girls, projecting his anxieties through a deadpan stoicism that makes him a great foil to the other characters. In Folk Hero & Funny Guy, that trait serves him well as depressed dude Paul, a...

  • In his debut feature, Hounds of Love, Ben Young stirs uneasiness from the opening sequence. A slow-motion pan across what looks like a pleasant portrait of suburban adolescence quickly becomes corrupted, the lens seeming to leer, the shot...

  • The romantic-comedy genre requires its heroine to take a leap of faith, but Rama Burshtein takes it a step further in The Wedding Plan. Still single at 32, Michal (Noa Koler) doesn't feel fully integrated into the ultra-Orthodox Jewish...

  • If nothing else, Alien: Covenant is the most ambitious Alien film ever made. It's almost as if Ridley Scott, foiled in his recent attempts at biblical epics, metaphysical dramas and thorny psychosexual thrillers, decided to revisit...

  • “I am garbage,” Amy Schumer’s Emily Middleton, on a vacation in Ecuador with her ma, Linda (Goldie Hawn), that’s gone all wrong, chimes in agreement with someone who’s leveled the insult at her — and who’s also holding the two women for ransom —...

  • However you look at Julian Assange — radical hero, martyr, Trumpist sell-out, probable rapist, victim of his cult of personality -- there's something in Laura Poitras' documentary Risk to confirm your point of view.

    Poitras began...

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