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Movies: Let the sun set on ‘Sundown’


Pantelion Films

Sundown is less a film than a feature-length tourism ad for a Mexican vacation. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Family Fang’

There are a million ways for parents to screw up their kids. The Family Fang serves up a new one: cutting-edge performance art. Read more

‘Money Monster’ has a down day on Wall Street


Sony Pictures

Jodie Foster channels her inner ’70s filmmaker in the slick, streamlined Money Monster, her cinematic shout-out to “mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” films such as Network and Read more

Dev Patel, ‘Infinity’ make math seem almost inspiring



The Man Who Knew Infinity takes an incredible true story — about an impoverished Indian man whose Jedi math skills helped him triumph over race, class and bad food in early 20th century England — and telescopes it into a well-made and heartfelt yet predi... Read more

Movie review: ‘High Rise’ has some low points


Magnolia Pictures

High-Rise is as impressive as a film can be without quite being satisfying. Read more

Martial-arts action makes up for plot in ‘Kill Zone 2’


Well Go USA

The Chinese martial-arts film Kill Zone 2 has a serpentine plot that doesn’t just verge on the incomprehensible, it practically celebrates it. Read more

Movie review: Haunting ‘Phantom of the Theatre’


Well Go USA

Though it sounds like one, the Chinese movie Phantom of the Theatre is not a rip-off of The Phantom of the Opera. That doesn't mean it’s unprecedented. Read more

Low-key family drama rings true in ‘The Meddler’


Sony Pictures Classics

The smooth, cozy charm of writer-director Lorene Scafaria’s The Meddler offers considerable seriocomic satisfaction in its story of a mother and a daughter, the meddler and the meddled with, respectively. Read more

‘Captain America: Civil War’ deserves superhero worship



Moviegoers can be forgiven if they’re a little skittish about returning to theaters for another superhero-vs.-superhero showdown. After the cinematic car crash of Batman v Superman, the idea of a gang of costumed crusaders going WWII on each other doesn’... Read more

Review: ‘Vaxxed,’ film that was pulled from Tribeca Film Festival

Science Fraud


Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is the documentary that, amid controversy, was pulled from the lineup of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. It asserts a link between the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella) and autism, particularly when given to children ... Read more

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