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  • Don’t expect Amir Bar-Lev’s Long Strange Trip, a sweeping if not very penetrating look at the 30-year career of the Grateful Dead, to offer major revelations. For any Deadhead — and it’s hard to imagine any other kind of viewer settling in for...

  • In Robin Swicord's Wakefield, an adaptation of the late E.L. Doctorow's short story of the same name, disillusioned lawyer Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) chases a raccoon from his decrepit backhouse and … never returns. The story's not science...

  • Yes, dead men tell no tales — but neither, really, do the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Rather than stories, the series, of which this 2017 entry is the fifth, offers an unpalatable mix of mincing slapstick, rote derring-do, ponderous CGI,...

  • Who knew Cate Blanchett wanted to be Tracey Ullman? That's probably not the reaction director Julian Rosefeldt hopes will be stirred by this rigorous series of monologues, stitched together from more than 50 artistic and political manifestos and...

  • Once highly controversial, Maurizio Cattelan’s famed sculpture of Pope John Paul II felled by a meteorite is now so embedded in the popular imagination that an image of it appears, animated, in the opening titles of HBO's The Young...

  • Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune is partly autobiographical: The Danish director of The Celebration and The Hunt lived in a commune between the ages of 7 and 19, at a time when collective living had become popular in Scandinavia. (The phenomenon...

  • You'd never think a bank would be the David in a David and Goliath story, but such is the case in Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the latest documentary from Oscar-nominated Hoop Dreams director Steve James. At the center is the Sung...

  • Amber Tamblyn, the actress, author and filmmaker, doesn't bother with coyness when it comes to her influences. "The movie I saw in my head was Grey Gardens directed by David Lynch," she writes in the press notes for her debut feature,...

  • Shot over a year among the White Helmets -- the Syrian first responders whose rescue efforts, in the wake of Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin's bombs, have turned them into an international cause célèbre -- Last Men in...

  • It's a mean, grim world -- or what's left of it -- in The Survivalist. Set in a post-apocalyptic age in which society has collapsed after the cessation of oil production, the movie mostly follows an unnamed Irish woodsman (Martin McCann)...

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