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  • Jonathan Demme’s rock-and-roll dramedy Ricki and the Flash exists in a wormhole where the past five decades of pop culture are a blur. There’s 66-year-old Meryl Streep, playing a broke singer who ditched her family to dominate the stage with the...

  • Mary Agnes Donoghue -- the septuagenarian screenwriter who adapted Beaches and White Oleander -- hangs her second directorial effort (after 1991's Paradise) on some old-fashioned, disgustingly patriarchal values in this...

  • Sometimes, Extinction is a zombie apocalypse story; mostly, it's a meditation on isolation, redemption, and family that could, in its basic outline, be satisfyingly told outside of its genre. But then you wouldn't get to see a zombie horde...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • As Disconnect, Men, Women & Children, and other fictional films by thirtysomething white men try desperately to warn us, the internet keeps us from truly connecting with one another. Except for when it does, as in the uplifting documentary...

  • 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...

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