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  • John Magary's cutting almost-a-comedy The Mend is less a movie than a houseguest that knocks about in your head longer than you expect it to, grubby and demanding, leaving its whiskers on your bars of soap. It's a tough film to shake, a...

  • An empathetic, richly detailed epic, Diego Quemada-Diez's road/train/tunnel movie follows four Guatemalan teens' journey from their hometowns to the U.S. border — and, presumably, a better life. Quemada-Diez gets right to it, spending no...

  • In the last 63 years, Forbidden Games has gone from the exemplar of what expressive narrative filmmaking could be to something more elegiac: This is what it now rarely even dares aspire to.

    Director Réné...

  • 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...

  • 7 days ago | Film and TV

    John Magary's cutting almost-a-comedy The Mend is less a movie than a houseguest that knocks about in your head longer than you expect it to, grubby and demanding, leaving its whiskers on your bars of soap. It's a tough film to shake, a slice-of-l...

  • 12 days ago | Film and TV

    We Come as Friends might look at first like despair tourism. Hubert Sauper's portrait of the Sudan's cruel new colonialism opens with a vision of intense beauty: In the honeyed light just before evening, a young boy, nude but for a beaded necklace...

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