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Jordan Peele offers jump scares, scathing satire in directorial debut ‘Get Out’

From its very first moments, "Get Out" puts viewers in a squirminducing state of discomfort and outright hilarity that doesn't let up until its...

Actress Sandra Hüller triumphs in the father-daughter tale ‘Toni Erdmann’

'Toni Erdmann" is a wild ride, not least because of the internal dips and turns experienced by viewers as they take the measure of...

Pedro Almodóvar channels his inner Hitchcock in the captivating ‘Julieta’

Awash in color, feminine psychodrama and heightened emotion, "Julieta" is a classic Pedro Almodóvar film - or, more accurately, a classicized version of the...

The humanity and humor of Carrie Fisher

"Some crappy dessert. Anything. I'll take it all."That was Carrie Fisher ordering a midafternoon snack at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where she...

‘Hidden Figures’ explores NASA’s untold history with nerve and vivacity

It's a fact of movie life that, during the holiday season, tears will be shed. No sooner had viewers dried and fluffed their hankies...

In ‘Fences,’ Denzel Washington channels a timeless character with gusto

Denzel Washington delivers a leonine, devouringly powerful performance as one of American theater's most imposing patriarchs in "Fences," a classic of contemporary dramatic literature...

Sci-fi drama ‘Passengers’ is narratively over-plotted and ethically underbaked

In "Passengers," Chris Pratt plays a man who, while in suspended animation during a 120-year commercial space mission to a faraway colony planet, is...

‘Elle’: Nasty yet elegant French thriller features Isabelle Huppert at her best

"Elle" is an elegant, nasty piece of work, the kind of twisty, handsomely produced, nominally erotic thriller that plays almost as a parody of...

Sonia Braga makes a triumphant return to the screen in ‘Aquarius’

For movie fans of a certain age, Sonia Braga will forever be the personification of sultry female desirability, if only thanks to her breakout...

Casey Affleck delivers a breakout performance in ‘Manchester by the Sea’

Like a carefully wrought piece of origami, "Manchester By the Sea" unfolds slowly and delicately to reveal its inner workings, building over time into...

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