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  • We may have decided for the moment that scary rural folk are off-limits for demonization in America, lest we somehow drive them further into the hands of loathsome politicians they already adore. But hey, scary rural Australians are still fair...

  • It's nearly impossible to categorize the first feature-length film of Steven Ellison (aka Flying Lotus, the experimental beatmaster, music producer and rapper). Made up of multiple, wildly varied vignettes that intersect and revolve around the...

  • Since the 1960s, when the Kennedys first worked to expand and popularize the Special Olympics, serious competition among athletes with intellectual disabilities has come to be seen as an uplifting endeavor — and not just for the athletes...

  • Not a whole lot happens in The Midwife, but there's never a dull moment, thanks to the opposing yet equally stellar performances by the two Catherines in lead. Catherine Frot plays the midwife, a timid, middle-aged woman named Claire whose...

  • Truth in advertising: Girls trip hard during their New Orleans getaway in Girls Trip, which maybe doesn't need that possessive apostrophe after all. Malcolm D. Lee's comedy, written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, pops with...

  • Remember when Bruce Willis used to be in good shit? I don't know what made your favorite smart-ass action hero decide to go the Nicolas Cage route and slum through straight-to-VOD shlock. Maybe dude has house payments. But years of witnessing...

  • As we were reminded last fall — the high season of Isabelle Huppert, whose triumphs Elle and Things to Come were released within weeks of each other — the tiny titan can transform the most seemingly banal activity into an event. In...

  • Jenny Slate's laughter comes out in a wild gush, as though she's been shaken and uncorked, the sound somehow puppyishly sweet and punkishly impolite. Her characters, cheery cynics, often fail to quite match the mood of a room, so their amused...

  • The nerve-racking war thriller Dunkirk is the movie Christopher Nolan’s entire career has been building up to, in ways that even he may not have realized. He’s taken the British Expeditionary Force’s 1940 evacuation from France, early in World...

  • It must be nice being Luc Besson, stuck at the age of 14 for the past 44 years. With the notable exception of his 2014 sci-fi action flick, Lucy, Besson's later career hasn't had quite the same glow as its start: the deep-sea worlds of...

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