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‘Bad Santa 2’ more sad than anything

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Jan Thijs

In calling Bad Santa 2 the feel-bad movie of the season, let me be clear: I don’t mean that it revives the rude-and-crude fun of the original hit, which turned the traditional Christmas film on its head. Read more

‘Allied’ finds common cause with older films

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Paramount

It takes either moxie or madness to make a WWII-era romantic thriller partially set in Casablanca because of the obvious parallels to, well, Casablanca. With the handsome and elegant Allied, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as spies... Read more

‘Nocturnal Animals’ is a dreamy thriller

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Focus Features

Art can make us squirm. That’s the theme of Nocturnal Animals, a theme telegraphed with almost sadistic clarity as we watch, under the opening credits, a series of obese naked women shimmying in slow motion, their folds of voluminous flesh wielded like weapons. Read more

‘The Take’ doesn’t have much to give

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Studio Canal

The Take, a steady if unspectacular action thriller, pairs an American pickpocket with a lone-wolf CIA agent, unlikely allies in the pursuit of a gang behind a deadly bombing in Paris. Read more

Boxing drama ‘Bleed for This’ has its moments but lacks punch

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Seacia Pavao

It doesn’t seem likely that filmmakers will ever grow tired of making boxing films, or that they’ll run out of inspiring athletes to make them about. Read more

‘The Edge of Seventeen’ is a coming-of-age tale worth experiencing

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STX Entertainment

Anyone looking casually at the advertisements and coming attractions for The Edge of Seventeen might easily come away expecting something typical — a standard entry in the coming-of-age comedy genre. Read more

Filmmaker David Yates’ ‘Beasts’ is simply fantastic

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Jaap Buitendijk

As soon as the familiar twinkly score starts up and the eerie blue Warner Bros. logo appears on screen before Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, you’re transported back to that oh-so-familiar magical world spun by the keys of J.K. Rowling. Read more

A ‘Walk’ to remember: ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ scores a touchdown

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Sony Pictures

That Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk exists at all is a bit of a marvel. Read more

Mo’Nique makes ‘Almost Christmas’ a wonderful gift

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Universal Pictures

If there is any reason, besides an annual craving for cinematic Christmas cheer, to see Almost Christmas, that reason is Mo’Nique. Read more

‘Aquarius’ lets the sun shine on Sonia Braga

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Vitagraph

For movie fans of a certain age, Sonia Braga will forever be the personification of sultry female desirability, if only thanks to her breakout performance in the 1985 drama Kiss of the Spider Woman. Read more

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