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‘Patti Cake$’ a tough, moving story about being on the outside

Imagine living in a world in which everyone you know is an idiot, including every single person in authority, every boss, every cop, even your mother and grandmother. And then imagine that all those tragically, achingly [Read entire story]

Comedy legend Jerry Lewis dies at 91

Jerry Lewis — an actor, comedian, director, producer, singer and humanitarian and a fact of American life for nearly 70 years — the funny half of the Martin and Lewis comedy team and a box office star for almost two [Read entire story]

‘Ingrid Goes West’ a perfect fit to showcase Aubrey Plaza’s talents

“Ingrid Goes West” is an ideal vehicle for Aubrey Plaza, in that it taps into everything we know she can do and challenges her to do other things that she hasn’t done before. This is a comic actress who is [Read entire story]

‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ a pleasant way to watch Jackson and Reynolds in action

Well, it’s August. These are the doldrums. The summer, as a movie season at least, is effectively over, and the fall hasn’t started yet. Perhaps for that reason, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” seems just a little [Read entire story]

‘The Glass Castle’ — trapped inside an erratic, scary childhood

To navigate the nooks and crannies of such a personality would be difficult for an adult, but for a child it’s impossible, a terrifying and scarring experience. The movie is based on Walls’ bestselling memoir of the [Read entire story]

In ‘Wind River,’ Taylor Sheridan takes us to a new place

The story deals with a murder on an Indian reservation and an FBI investigation by an officer that comes from out of town, and if you’ve made it this far into the sentence I congratulate you, because I might have [Read entire story]

‘The Dark Tower’: What you see is what you get

The tower creates light and order throughout the universe, but on the outside of this perimeter, there is chaos, darkness and really disgusting monsters. Walter has the power to kill people with the radiant force of his [Read entire story]

Al Gore is back, with some good news and some bad news

Al Gore’s first “Inconvenient” movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006), alerted the general public to the climate crisis. Another strong bit of good news is that wind and solar energy are becoming less expensive [Read entire story]

‘Brigsby Bear’ is almost great and not quite good

Can you really call this mix of triumph and disaster an average experience? A cynical, smart movie about the dangers of mass culture gives way to a sentimental embrace of the very thing it’s criticizing. The only way [Read entire story]

Jeanne Moreau, one of France’s greatest film stars, dies at 89

Jeanne Moreau, one of France’s most accomplished actresses, whose resume practically tells the story of world cinema in the third quarter of the 20th century, died Monday, July 31, at her home in Paris. [...] her [Read entire story]

‘The Last Face’: A bunch of Oscar winners make a bomb

A lot of talented people with the best of intentions got together and made “The Last Face,” and yet it’s an almost unwatchable flop. Directed by Sean Penn and starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem, it’s the [Read entire story]

‘Detroit’s’ view of black lives in horrific 1967 violence

The burned-out businesses and wreckage don’t look like America but like a scene out of Lebanon or Kosovo, except that we recognize it, and we know. [...] the film is also informed by a recognition of the incipient [Read entire story]

Deneuve and Frot superb in ‘The Midwife’

The second career of Catherine Deneuve is one of the ongoing pleasures of Western cinema. Here’s an actress who became famous for being icy and beautiful, and a half-century later she is matter-of-fact and [Read entire story]

Star turn by newcomer Florence Pugh in ‘Lady Macbeth’ film adaptation

“Lady Macbeth” has a lot to recommend it, but if it’s going to be remembered for one thing, it will be for launching the film career of its star, Florence Pugh. Barely 20 years old at the time of filming, Pugh has [Read entire story]

“Harold and Lillian” showcases unsung Hollywood talents

“Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story” is a documentary about a working Hollywood couple who contributed immeasurably to many Hollywood films. Harold Michelson was a storyboard artist and later a production [Read entire story]

‘Dunkirk’ is Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece

The battle of Dunkirk was not a victory, but a successful evacuation, and Nolan doesn’t try to give it the contours of a conventional tale of triumph. When France fell to Hitler in 1940, it left 400,000 Allied [Read entire story]

‘War’ is a thoughtful new species of ‘Apes’ movie

The “X-Men” movies and even to an extent the recent deluge of superhero pictures all deal, to some degree, with the coming obsolescence or helplessness of normal human beings, the implicit idea being that all just [Read entire story]

‘A Ghost Story’ is challenging but worth it

[...] the four corners of the frame are rounded off, so that the screen looks like an old photograph from the 1970s. The color palette consists mostly of whites, yellows and browns, and cinematographer Andrew Droz [Read entire story]

‘Dawson City’ an original documentary portrait of a small town

Back in the golden age of the big movie studios, Dawson City, a small town in Canada, was the last stop for movies in distribution. The studios didn’t want old prints back and wouldn’t pay the return postage. [...] [Read entire story]

‘13 Minutes’ chronicles would-be Hitler assassin

Georg Elser came within 13 minutes of having a great story, one worth deluxe cinematic treatment. Elser, the subject of the German drama “13 Minutes,” was a carpenter and cabinet maker who, in November 1939 — with [Read entire story]