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  • Here's a shocker: In Pixels, his latest, Adam Sandler plays a stunted man-child who turns out to be very, very special. That's his ecological niche: the Manic Potbellied Dream Dork, or, if you prefer, the fragile Sand-Man. Sandler films have...

  • “Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow,” declared Stephen Dedalus in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. In the case of Jimmy Gralton, she took bites and spat him out a couple times. It’s tempting to say some people never learn, but,...

  • Unexpected, a disappointing what-to-expect-when-you're-expecting comedy, tackles thorny issues of class and racial inequality with undue mildness. Co-writer/director Kris Swanberg tries to avoid using stereotypes to define the relationship...

  • There’s probably only one humanist film that opens with the words “Merry Christmas Eve, bitch!” accompanied by the proffering of a single, sprinkle-dusted doughnut. In Sean Baker’s Tangerine, best friends, transgender women and prostitutes...

  • Antagonism, aggression, and the apocalypse prove to be potent stimulants in Thomas Cailley's winning first feature, Love at First Fight. (The original French title, Les Combattants -- "The Fighters" -- avoids the dopey pun that...

  • The opening of Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw, shot in gritty, grayed-out tones, is a grim harbinger: A fighter getting ready for the ring holds up his meaty paws for the ritualistic wrapping of gauze and tape. His gloves are slipped over the...

  • The world of film noir is peopled with melancholy men trying to do the right thing, even when they don't quite know what the right thing is. Always -- always -- they fall for the wrong girl. Joseph Cotten's Holly Martins -- the highly...

  • "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...

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