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Movie review: ‘A Hologram for the King’ starring Tom Hanks

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Roadside Attractions

Someday, in the not-too-distant future, a writing teacher will hold up a copy of the novel A Hologram for the King by acclaimed author Dave Eggers and use it as Exhibit A as why not every book, no matter how beloved, should be turned in a movie. Read more

Movie review: ‘Elvis & Nixon’

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Bleecker Street Media

Even knowing in advance that the new film Elvis & Nixon is only yea-big, and that it’s not intended to carry the usual biopic baggage, its particular charms are disarming nonetheless. Read more

Movie review: ‘Born to Be Blue’ starring Ethan Hawke

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IFC

One of the biggest challenges of writing a biography is finding — or, in some respects, inventing — a storyline, since life itself includes lots of interesting stuff but usually no plot. Multiply that problem by 10 for the biopic film genre, since the writer and director need to tel... Read more

‘Real Housewives of Dallas’ Ep. 2 recap: The scat in the hat

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Bravo

The second episode of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Dallas is even more poop-centric than the first, as if anyone thought that could even be possible. Read more

Movie review: ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ with Ice Cube, Eve and Cedric the Entertainer

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Warner Bros. Entertainment and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures

Arriving 14 years after the original Barbershop, and 12 after Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Barbershop: The Next Cut is saddled with the task of taking a familiar property and bringing it up to date. Read more

Movie review: ‘Criminal’

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Lionsgate

Criminal follows the modern rule – “All action movies must begin with action” – but instead of giving us the usual convoluted mess, it draws us in. Read more

Movie review: Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’

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Disney

In the opening sequence of Disney’s re-telling of the classic novel The Jungle Book, Mowgli (played delightfully by newcomer Neel Sethi) runs through the jungle like a live-action ver... Read more

Movie review: ‘Miles Ahead’ starring Don Cheadle

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Sony Pictures Classics

With musical biopics, so often the most crucial element — the music — becomes a solo act, accompanied by little to nothing in the way of strong visual corollaries. You get the outline of a tormented genius’ life, and a misguided, reverential sense of respect, but no cinema, n... Read more

Movie review: ‘Francofonia’

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Music Box Films

Alexander Sokurov’s Francofonia occupies a sparsely populated middle ground between documentary and narrative feature. It’s the story of a real place, and two real men, told in a circular, meandering fashion with lashings of cinematic imagination. Read more

Review: HBO’s ‘Confirmation’ plays it too safe

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HBO via TNS

HBO’s Confirmation isn’t the first TV project to play it safe, but in this case, playing it safe results in a missed opportunity that has as much to do with what’s happening in the real world as it does with timid filmmaking. Read more

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