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  • The best that can be said about teen sex comedy Staten Island Summer is that it goes down easy. Good-enough cast members like Saturday Night Live players Bobby Moynihan and Fred Armisen make a formulaic one-last-party-before-college...

  • If you watch paint-by-numbers biopic Paulo Coelho's Best Story with no knowledge of who the elusive title character is, you will leave the film without understanding what made the celebrated author of The Alchemist more than just...

  • How much time would you like to spend in the company of benignly kooky hobbyists? That's the question to ask before committing to docu-commercial A Lego Brickumentary, a largely genial but frequently wearying feature-length toy ad....

  • 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...

  • Cold War spy thriller Jack Strong takes about an hour to stop feeling like a slapdash, highly disjointed wiki-dramatization of real-life events. After that, the film's based-on-a-true-story narrative no longer lurches from one...

  • From the first scene of the frustratingly semi-impressionistic Argentine action-drama Ardor, Kaí (Gael García Bernal), a stoic outsider who inexplicably materializes half-naked out of a lake, is presented as the Paraná...

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