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  • '71 (R)

    In '71, Yann Demange tints the midnight alleys of Belfast like an Irish flag dragged through the mud: black skies, sickly green lamps, and the orange flames of torched cars. more...
  • American Sniper (R)

    In Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) — an astoundingly talented marksman credited with over 160 confirmed kills in Iraq — runs into a fellow veteran at a mechanic's shop between deployments. more...
  • The Armstrong Lie (R)

    The new, unauthorized documentary The Armstrong Lie is, to use a phrase from the film, a "myth-buster." more...
  • The Best Man Holiday (R)

    Even though they made good money and filled a crucial niche, the 1990s' and early 2000s' romantic entertainments targeted to -- though not made exclusively for -- black audiences disappeared almost as mysteriously as they arrived. more...
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  • Birdman (R)

    In Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Michael Keaton pours all of Batman's simmering disquietude into a different form: that of Riggan Thomson, a has-been actor who hopes to reclaim his reputation by staging an ambitious Broadway show, an adaptation -- one he's written himself -- of Raymond Carver's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love." more...
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  • The Boy Next Door (R)

    The most pleasurably ludicrous highlight of The Boy Next Door comes half an hour in, before the sex and murders and something's-in-the-mirror-behind-her! more...
  • Carrie (R)

    Kimberly Peirce changes almost nothing in her rallying remake of Brian De Palma's classic about a troubled telekinetic teenager. more...
  • Chappie (R)

    Since his debut, District 9, Neill Blomkamp has shown he knows where he stands in the division between man and machine: He's sided against Homo sapiens for being judgmental and cruel. more...
  • Drinking Buddies (R)

    There's some irony in the fact that Joe Swanberg, the archetypal champion of microbudget cinema, has made his greatest film in his first at-bat in the financial big leagues. more...
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  • Escape Plan (R)

    In First Blood, Richard Crenna plays Trautman, a harbinger figure whose function is to explain to the antagonists-- and the audience-- that John Rambo is "a man who's been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather, to live off the land, to eat things that would make a billy goat puke!" more...

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