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Movie review: ‘Jimmy’s Hall’

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Sony Pictures Classics

Jimmy’s Hall is a history lesson wrapped in a love story, tied with a bow of lyrical, unapologetic idealism. Directed by Ken Loach and written by longtime collaborator Paul Laverty, this gentle, richly filmed, fact-based drama uncovers a little-known chapter in... Read more

Movie review: ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence’

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Magnolia Pictures

An 18th-century Swedish nobleman rides a horse into a bar. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Vatican Tapes’

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Lionsgate

The Antichrist is a woman. This may sound like a belief held by misogynist men’s rights activists, but it’s also the thesis of the religious horror flick The Vatican Tapes, and a rather clumsily, haphazardly executed one at that. Read more

Movie review: ‘Cartel Land’

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The Orchard

The courageous, scary Cartel Land is a jaw-dropping documentary about two vigilante groups, on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, trying to stave off Mexican drug cartels. When the action focuses on the battle lines in Mexico, the results are nothing short of s... Read more

Movie review: ‘Safelight’

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ARC Entertainment

In Safelight, director/writer Tony Aloupis sure piles it on our hero, Charles. Read more

Movie review: ‘Mr. Holmes’

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Roadside Attractions

With Robert Downey Jr. making him a skull-cracking action hero on the big screen and Benedict Cumberbatch making him a high-functioning sociopath on TV, what sort of Sherlock Holmes yarn can add fresh story material? How about Ian McKellen playing the immortal character as we’ve never seen... Read more

Movie review: ‘Northern Limit Line’

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Well Go USA

Northern Limit Line is a throwback to the days of Hollywood’s heroic and patriotic WWII films — except that it takes place in 2002. Read more

Movie review: ‘Lila & Eve’

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Samuel Goldwyn Films

A strong performance can often salvage a subpar movie. That’s exactly the case with Lila & Eve, a revenge thriller nearly rescued by an often heart-wrenching turn by Viola Davis. Read more

Movie review: ‘Trainwreck’

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Universal

Amy Schumer’s big-screen debut is a smooth comedic ride. Read more

Arts writers’ picks for the week

1 Velázquez here and there: A confluence of Diego Velázquez events is happening. In Fort Worth, a free lecture about Velázquez’s An Old Woman Cooking Eggs, given by Renaissance and Baroque art professor Tanya Tiffany, w... Read more

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