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  • It might be hard to remember now, but writer-director Brad Bird's The Incredibles seemed revolutionary when it came out in 2004, back when superheroes were just starting to gain a foothold at the movies. Here was a film that managed to...

  • China Salesman has got to be one of the most baffling, expensive pats on the back China has ever given itself. A two-hour stroke job of a movie from Chinese production companies and first-time director Tan Bing, it's here to let you know...

  • The messy but charming concert doc Straight Into a Storm works best if you treat unfocused on-camera interviews with the members of Rhode Island-based folk/grunge rock group Deer Tick like an un-introspective but affectionate video memoir...

  • Lea Thompson's first film as a director -- a brisk, breezy, sharp-elbowed, sexually frank, occasionally shout-y, often hilarious comedy -- stars the performer's own daughters and plays like both a raucous family party and an urgently necessary...

  • "It may look wild, but it shouldn't be wild," Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf quips to an admirer early in Thomas Piper's gorgeous documentary Five Seasons. As the camera lingers over skeletal umbel stalks planted between tufts of...

  • The creators of the new documentary Eating Animals, based loosely on a treatise by novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, aren't exposing the cruelty of factory farming. Accounts of the horrors of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations from...

  • Actor Alden Ehrenreich is both a natural lead with casually handsome good looks but also a chameleon in the manner of many great character actors. So much so that it took me a moment to recognize that it was Ehrenreich I was watching in Alexandre...

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