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Movie review: ‘Cut Bank’

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A24

That first sight of a grain elevator in a crime film signals to us that no matter how dark and bloody things turn, the violence is going to have a funny edge. It’s “The Fargo Effect,” and even if Cut Bank lacks the “youbetchas,” it&#... Read more

Movie review: ‘Dial a Prayer’

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Vertical Entertainment

No leap of faith or sudden spiritual conversion brought Cora to the dial-a-prayer call center in suburban Detroit. A judge made that her community service sentence. Because Cora made a big mistake, one with religious implications. Read more

Movie review: ‘While We’re Young’

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Nicole Rivelli

Few directors capture the spirit of contemporary New York City like director/writer Noah Baumbach. Perhaps not since Woody Allen in his Manhattan prime has there been someone so in touch with the city’s charms and foibles. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Longest Ride’

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Michael Tackett

Ever since The Notebook made moviegoers swoon in 2004, Nicholas Sparks’ name has been synonymous with teary-eyed romance. Read more

Movie review: ‘An Honest Liar’

“Magicians are the most honest people in the world. They tell you they’re going to fool you and then they do it,” the Amazing Randi says at the start of An Honest Liar, a documentary that picks up with the investigative magician at age 17, when he... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Salt of the Earth’

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Sony Pictures Classics

For the past 40 years, photographer Sebastião Salgado has been creating stunning records of contemporary society around the globe, his massive black and white prints capturing intimate moments of death and wholesale environmental destruction with epic scope and scale. Read more

Movie review: ‘Freetown’

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Capacitor Entertainment

The early days of Liberia’s long civil war provide the backdrop to Freetown, a modestly budgeted odyssey about Mormon missionaries fleeing the country for neighboring Sierra Leone. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Hunting Ground’

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Sundance Institute

Let me first say that the makers of the The Hunting Ground, a searing, devastating look at the sexual assault epidemic on college campuses, deserve full credit for giving voice to rape victims, or “survivors,” as some of the women featured in the documen... Read more

Television review: ‘Mad Men’

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Justina Mintz/AMC

It begins with the coolly degage voice of Peggy Lee wondering, “Is that all there is?” Read more

Movie review: ‘Effie Gray’

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Adopt Films

She just turned 21. So perhaps the cruel truth can be at last be said about Dakota Fanning without fear of being called a child-abuser. Read more

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