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  • It's been 32 years since the release of National Lampoon's Vacation, in which Chevy Chase, as dad Clark Griswold, packed his Griswold clan into what looked like a Country Squire from Hell and sought the family-bonding experienceTM by driving...

  • At 53, Tom Cruise is past the retirement age of every James Bond except Roger Moore. Yet his 19-year-old Mission: Impossible series ticks on, counting down the seconds till its next explosion — and Cruise's Ethan Hunt is determined to unman his...

  • 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...

  • 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 greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist...or so says The Usual Suspects. Making surveillance videos staticky for jump scares, on the other hand, is a bottom-of-the-barrel technique that ran out of...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • It's so common to see 1970s décor in a movie set in rural America that it takes some signifiers (leaded gasoline, 25¢ coffee) to realize that Safelight is actually a period film. Writer-director Tony Aloupis takes a low-key...

  • If you were to hear that there's a new street-crime revenge thriller that pairs up a grown-up recent Oscar nominee/beloved TV star with Jennifer Lopez, you would probably respond, "Even if it's terrible, that movie will make serious money." But...

  • Above all else, a movie built around a star promises presence, and in Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes that promise is dual: Here's 100 or so minutes with the great Ian McKellen, for once not casting spells, controlling magnetism, or...

  • At the start of Woody Allen's campus comedy Irrational Man, caddish professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) drives up to a new school that's already steeled itself for his arrival. "Of course, my reputation -- a reputation -- preceded me,"...

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