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‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is more sleep aid than cinema

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20th Century Fox

From the metallic shell of the 1996 smash Independence Day, director Roland Emmerich has pulled a seriously lousy sequel, dripping with alien goo and incoherence. Read more

‘The Neon Demon’ is all heat and no light

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Broad Green Pictures

The Neon Demon, the latest mind-bender from out-there director Nicolas Winding Refn, is a two-hour fever dream about back-stabbing models with paper-thin bodies — and personalities. Sometimes it’s bizarre in a good, David Lynch kind of way; other times, ... Read more

‘The Shallows' is the perfect summer splash

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Columbia Pictures

Every summer needs a movie that’s as sun-drenched and easy-breezy as The Shallows, the Blake Lively vehicle that pits surfer vs. shark. On a triple digit day, you won’t be sorry to duck into this quick 87-minute caper of bikini-clad aquatic peril that’s... Read more

Movie ‘The Wait’ dares to go big

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Alberto Novelli

L’Attesa — also known as The Wait — is atmospheric and moody, serious and full of portent, and if it weren’t so good, it would probably be unbearable. Read more

‘Free State of Jones’ is burdened by too much story, detail

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There’s an intriguing, if not widely known, series of events at the center of the Civil War movie Free State of Jones. It’s one of those wartime curiosities that slips through the pages of American history, becoming a mere asterisk amid a larger story of bat... Read more

‘The Music of Strangers’ takes Yo-Yo Ma around the world

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HBO

With a documentary called The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, there’s no doubting that wonderful sounds will be in store. But that’s not all that’s on offer. Read more

‘The Phenom’ is a baseball movie without much baseball

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RLJ Entertainment

The Phenom is a movie about baseball with little baseball. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Read more

‘Central Intelligence’ has none

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Warner Bros.

The arithmetic of comedy is not that difficult. Read more

‘A Monster With a Thousand Heads’ an efficient thriller from Mexico

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Music Box Films

Everyone can sympathize with Sonia Bonnet. Read more

‘Genius’ is a very smart look at craft of writing, editing

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Roadside Attractions

Of all the creative gifts, the ability to edit — that is, to edit text — is the least heralded and the least understood. Read more

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