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No, ‘CHIPS’ is not as bad as you think it might be

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Warner Bros.

The randy action-comedy “CHIPS” is pitched right to that 18-24 demographic, but that audience is probably wondering what this whole California Highway Patrol movie is about. Read more

‘Life’ is mostly meaningless, but it has some heart-pounding moments

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Sony Pictures

Hey, “Life.” 1979 called. It wants its alien-invasion movie back. Read more

‘Raw’ is a tough, meaty horror original

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Focus World

The first-year veterinary students assemble in their crisp white coats for a group photo, smiling sweetly before being drenched in a cascade of blood of mysterious provenance. Afterward, smeared and crusted with the red stuff, they line up to take their communion: a raw rabbit kidney. One girl pr... Read more

‘Bokeh’ illuminates societal and romantic breakdown

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Andrew Sullivan

Bokeh: noun. The blurred quality or effect seen in the out-of-focus portion of a photograph taken with a narrow depth of field. That’s the definition of the obscure word from Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, and it’s an apt, if opaque, title for a film about a photographer and h... Read more

Kristen Stewart makes for a compelling ‘Personal Shopper’

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IFC Films

It’s hard to be sure exactly what’s happening in Olivier Assayas’ elusive, shadowy drama “Personal Shopper” — and that is, of course, the point. Read more

‘T2 Trainspotting’ reaches destination under its own steam

T2: Trainspotting

Jaap Buitendijk

Sage literary advice says that you can’t go home again. Read more

‘Power Rangers’ could use recharging

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Lionsgate

There’s a question every piece of intellectual property needs to ask itself before a new version is made: How seriously should we treat the source material? Read more

‘Wilson’ often is very funny … and then it’s not

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20th Century Fox

“Wilson,” a dark comedy about a curmudgeonly hermit who tries to reconnect with the world, is one of those films where the whole is not quite as good as the parts. There are plenty of laughs and fun characters to keep us engaged, but they don’t add up to an emotionally satisf... Read more

‘Song to Song’ slightly out of tune but still beautiful

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Broad Green Pictures

As a critic and as a human being, with needs, I’m driven more than a little crazy by the recent films of Terrence Malick, with their perpetual murmuring voice-overs and creamy idealization of women as saints or sinners. I’ve begun to resent the ravishing floor-to-ceiling windows in ... Read more

Disney’s ‘Beauty’ reawakens a sleeping Beast

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Disney

The contemporary retelling of a classic tale has created some controversy, but is it worth taking your children to see it? Read more

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