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French film ‘Frantz’ is fantastic

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Music Box Films

French filmmaker François Ozon’s “Frantz,” a carefully calibrated meditation on loss and reconciliation, is built around a pivotal lie. The fact that the new drama is a remake, of sorts, of Ernst Lubitsch’s “Broken Lullaby” will tell anyone familiar ... Read more

‘Tommy’s Honour’ is a nice shot but no hole-in-one

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Roadside Attractions

he sports biopic “Tommy’s Honour” tells the story of 19th-century Scottish golfer Tom Morris Jr. — Tommy, or Young Tom, as he was known, to distinguish him from his father, Old Tom Morris. It’s a mildly stirring and quietly tragic tale, capably told by director ... Read more

‘The Fate of the Furious’ sputters across the finish line

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Universal

Discounting any movie with cars that turn into robots, they don’t come much bigger and louder and dumber than the “Fast and Furious” movies. Read more

‘Their Finest’ truly is fine work

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Nicola Dove

“Their Finest” is a treat that has something on its mind, a charming concoction that adds a bit of texture and bite to the mix. Genial and engaging with a fine sense of humor, it makes blending the comic with the serious look simpler than it actually is. Read more

‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ a sweet, simple tale

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Sony Pictures

In the first few minutes of the animated film “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” I couldn’t help but wonder if this was going to be a terribly long version of the 1980s TV cartoon series. Read more

‘Queen of the Desert’ is a tepid history lesson with Nicole Kidman

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IFC

There’s an outstanding movie to be made about Gertrude Bell, the intensely independent British noblewoman who, in the first decades of the 20th century, traveled throughout the Arab world and contributed to the formation of the modern Middle East. Read more

Powerful ‘The Ticket’ offers life lessons

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Zack Galler

Be very careful what you wish for and be thankful for what you have. Read more

Movie offers hope that salvation might surface ‘After the Storm’

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Film Movement

At 6-foot-2, the Japanese actor Hiroshi Abe looks acutely out of place in many of the settings in “After the Storm,” the solid yet subtly sphinxlike new drama from filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (”Like Father, Like Son”). Read more

‘Going in Style’ a pleasant surprise

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Warner Bros.

“Going in Style” sets up as an old guy caper drama, a genre that in the past has come with a checklist. Read more

‘Gifted’ is a nice present for moviegoers

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Wilson Webb

From a distance, “Gifted” might not seem like much. It’s a combination of two kinds of movies —– or rather two kinds of movie cliches — a custody-battle story and a story about a math genius. In this case, the genius is a gifted natural, kind of like Matt... Read more

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