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  • This mean and vigorous men's adventure pulp throwback has everything going against it. It's a late-August release whose leads, Owen Wilson and Lake Bell, tend to be the best things in movies you otherwise regret seeing. The trailers, teasing the...

  • Remake The Graduate today, and an adult might corner Benjamin Braddock and whisper, "Startups." Debut director Max Joseph gives that a good shot, though the result — the EDM-fueled, drug-laced dream-crusher We Are Your Friends — is so sweaty and...

  • Picture a librarian. Is she a mousy middle-aged brunette, her unkempt hair clashing with the muddy browns of her ill-fitting wardrobe? Does she work in silence, worshipping books but resenting their readers, returning every evening to a shoddy...

  • Anti–romantic comedy Some Kind of Beautiful starts with a dialogue scene that baldly explains to viewers what kind of casually chauvinistic narrative it's not going to be. That promise is gracelessly and repeatedly broken...

  • Nima Nourizadeh's American Ultra is a bloody valentine attached to a bomb. It's violent, brash, inventive and horrific, and perhaps the most romantic film of the year. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star as Mike and Phoebe, two West Virginia...

  • Grandma opens with a breakup, a rather vicious one: Seventy-ish poet Elle (Lily Tomlin) is calling it quits with a younger woman we quickly ascertain is her girlfriend -- it's the sort of breakup where, believing you know where a...

  • Even if you're the sort who believes there can be no such thing as too much political coverage, it can't hurt to cast a fond glance back to 1968, when only three networks — NBC, CBS and the perennial laggard ABC — jockeyed for the attention of...

  • In 2012, documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer made a splash with The Act of Killing, in which he sought out members of Indonesian killing squads, individuals who murdered thousands of innocent citizens accused of being communists after a...

  • Rosamund Pike made Return to Sender before her breakthrough Gone Girl, and it's difficult not to see Miranda Wells as a dry run for Amy Dunne. Both are control freaks whose icy blonde exteriors mask rage-fueled machinations. While...

  • Claustrophobic S-F grind Air might well allure Walking Dead fans, as that show's creator, Robert Kirkman, is a producer, and its Norman Reedus is one of the two leads, playing another troubled dude -- an engineer, this time --...

  • The worst thing you can say about stop-motion kids adventure Shaun the Sheep Movie is that it's a feature-length series of sight gags. Based on the popular British TV series, Shaun the Sheep Movie revolves around the pantomime humor...

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