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‘Warcraft’ really isn’t all that bad

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Universal Pictures

The skepticism has been whirling around Warcraft since the first trailer dropped for the epic fantasy adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s massive multiplayer online role-playing game, directed by visionary sci-fi auteur Duncan Jones. Read more

‘Dheepan’ is a timely and engrossing story of immigrants, family: Review

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Sundance Selects

The Palme d’Or-winning Dheepan is deceptively unadorned. In its simplicity, it digs for complex feelings and ideas — and is particularly timely, considering current political winds and Paris’ announcement of its first refugee camp. Read more

‘Viva’ explores the world of a Havana drag club

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Magnolia Pictures

With most Irish films shot in English, the Emerald Isle hasn’t had many opportunities to compete in best foreign language film Academy Award. Read more

Pointed dramedy ‘Maggie’s Plan’ is engrossing

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Sony Pictures Classics

The writing was never a problem in Rebecca Miller’s movies, but it has taken awhile for her to become a director. Read more

Review: ‘Ninja Turtles’ sequel is a cartoon on steroids

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Paramount Pictures

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a Saturday morning cartoon on Michael Bay steroids. For the under 12 set, that’s fine. For the rest of us? It’s something to actively avoid. Read more

‘Popstar’ is simultaneously affectionate and merciless satire

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AP

Modern pop music is so ripe for satire it’s a wonder Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping took so long to materialize. Read more

‘The Idol’ shows the power of music

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Adopt Films

Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad has dealt explicitly with the tinderbox politics of the Middle East in his previous films Paradise Now and Omar, both of which were nominated for foreign-language Oscars. Read more

‘The Lobster’ is simply delicious

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A24

Deliciously weird, satirically funny and dreamlike — bad dreamlike — The Lobster is the sort of visionary film that can only be created by a great provocateur. Read more

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ isn’t the end of the world, but …

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Twentieth Century Fox

The last two “X-Men” movies — Days of Future Past(2014) and Read more

‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ is murky

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Disney

In Disney’s follow-up to 2010’s ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland to save her friend the Mad Hatter, played by Johnny Depp. But it’s not worth the trip. Read more

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