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    Upgrade (R)

    Leigh Whannell's low-budget horror feature reminds me of the goofy genre mash-ups made by Brian De Palma in the 1960s and '70s (Hi, Mom!, Phantom of the Paradise) and Takashi Miike in the 1990s and the aughts (Fudoh: The New Generation, The Happiness of the Katakuris). more...
  • American Animals
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    American Animals (R)

    Bart Layton came to national attention with his eerie documentary The Imposter, whose talking-head interviews and staged re-creations tell the true story of a French-Algerian man who managed to enter the U.S. by posing as a missing teenager from San Antonio, Texas. more...
  • Nostalgia
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    Nostalgia (R)

    Screenwriter Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel, Queen of Earth) keeps his acidic wit in check for this ensemble drama about love, loss, and people's connection to objects. more...
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  • Thank You for Your Service (R)

    n a year of sorry national spectacles, none seems more bitter or pointless than the feud that broke out last month between the Trump administration and the family of Sergeant La David Johnson, one of four U.S. soldiers killed in Niger during an ambush by Islamist militants. more...
  • Samba
  • Samba (R)

    Though a considerable box office success in France, The Intouchables (2011)—a dramatic comedy about a wealthy, white quadriplegic who bonds with his poor, black caregiver—inspired an impassioned cultural backlash. more...
  • Newlyweeds
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    Newlyweeds (R)

    Like Keith Miller's Welcome to Pine Hill and Adam Leon's Gimme the Loot (both 2012), Shaka King's low-budget debut feature is slim on plot but rich in attitude and on-the-ground detail of New York neighborhood life. more...
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    Death Rides a Horse (R)

    John Philip Law plays a farmer hunting down the bandits who killed his family when he was a boy; Lee Van Cleef is the mysterious gunman who offers his help. more...
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    Fat Kid Rules the World (R)

    Based on K.L. Going's young adult novel, this Seattle-set feature charts the friendship between a sullen high school outcast (Jacob Wysocki, playing a variation on his character in Azazel Jacobs's Terri) and the punk rocker who recruits him, as a gag, to play drums in a band. more...
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    2 Days in New York (R)

    In Julie Delpy's screwball comedy 2 Days in Paris (2007), a Frenchwoman living in New York (Delpy) brings her neurotic boyfriend (Adam Goldberg) home to meet her fractious family; in this sequel the family returns the favor, dropping in on her in Brooklyn, though by this time she's with a new guy (Chris Rock) who has to tolerate their uninhibited behavior. more...
  • Lola Versus (R)

    Greta Gerwig plays a well-to-do Manhattanite whose fiance (Joel Kinnaman) dumps her unexpectedly, driving her to the arms (and beds) of a longtime platonic friend (Hamish Linklater) and a smarmy architect (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). more...
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    High School (R)

    When a crap comedy opens in Chicago, the publicist will corral critics into a public screening where gales of laughter from "real people" are supposed to cow us into writing a favorable review. more...