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Movie review: ‘American Ultra’



Jesse Eisenberg usually plays geeky and studious, not gallant and studly. He’s Mark Zuckerberg, not Jason Statham. Read more

Movie review: ‘Hitman: Agent 47’


Twentieth Century Fox

If you see one movie about governmentally modified assassins this weekend, don’t make it Hitman: Agent 47. American Ultra is the far superior take on the unknowing super-spy, because it takes itself far less seriously and can actual... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’


Sony Pictures Classics

Big summer action movies can be thrilling, but if you really want to feel your heart pounding out of your chest, try being a 15-year-old girl for 101 minutes. Read more

Movie review: ‘Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet’



Strictly speaking, The Prophet isn’t a sacred text. But Kahlil Gibran’s 1923 collection of 26 prose poems is widely considered one of the most influential works of the 20th century, inspiring everything from song lyrics, speeches and plays to, now, an an... Read more

Movie review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’


Universal Pictures

It has been a good year for pop music on film, from the Brian Wilson biopic, Love and Mercy, to the celebration of retro hip-hop, Dope. The trend continues with the electric, if slightly hagiographic, Straight Outta C... Read more

Movie review: ‘Return to Sender’


Photograph: Patti Perret

Rosamund Pike and Shiloh Fernandez throw themselves into their characters with such gusto in Return to Sender that, at times, it’s easy to forget that the film itself is forgettable. Read more

Movie review: ‘Best of Enemies’


ABC Photo Archives

In August of 1968, William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal faced off in a series of 10 televised debates on ABC. Read more

Movie review: ‘Fort Tilden’


There’s a good, funny movie to be made out of the material in Fort Tilden, a sort-of Mean Girls-meets- Girls adventure about a day in the life of two spoiled Brooklynistas who... Read more

Movie review: ‘Cop Car’


Focus Features

The idea of casting Kevin Bacon as a corrupt, rural sheriff on the hunt for the two pre-teens who stole his police vehicle could make for some grade-A, B-movie fun. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’


Warner Bros.

Some movies are hung up on their own moves, and they can be terrific fun if they’re directed by someone who knows how and when to move a camera. Read more

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