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‘Les Cowboys’ a smart French look at contemporary society

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Antoine Doyen

Les Cowboys, a multilayered, absorbing story about the search for a French girl who goes missing with her Muslim boyfriend, starts out in a very un-French way: with cowboys, horses, a Marlboro Man-like billboard, and Country and Western music. Read more

‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ lives up to its title

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Fox Searchlight

The release of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is genius counterprogramming against the other massive media story of the week — the Republican National Convention. This outlandish, flamboyant British trifle is like a glass of champagne directly to the face of th... Read more

Allen’s bittersweet ‘Café Society’ is an amusing, tasty morsel

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Gravier Productions

In his 1977 film Annie Hall, Woody Allen most famously declared about Los Angeles that “I don’t want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light.” Read more

‘Lights Out’ will make you scared of the dark

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Warner Bros.

David F. Sandberg’s excellent horror flick Lights Out is a film about common fears and universal phobias, about things that go bump in the night, and exist only in the dark. Read more

‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ should be buried in the Arctic

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Blue Sky Studios

Fourteen years after the first “Ice Age” animated film was a hit, the fifth installment in the franchise, Ice Age: Collision Course, rolls into theaters. Read more

‘Therapy for a Vampire’ has little bite

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Music Box Films

So now we’re actually importing vampire movies? Is there a shortage? The United States is the Newcastle of vampire pictures, so to bring in any old lump of coal doesn’t really make sense. Read more

‘Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words’ lets musician show off his brilliance

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Although Frank Zappa is an integral part of the musical and cultural history of the 1960s and ’70s, he might have been born too soon. Read more

‘The Innocents’ offers wrenching look at post-WWII Poland

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Music Box Fims

A gripping psychological drama based on events more than half a century old, The Innocents has inescapable contemporary echoes. Laced with intensely emotional situations, it refuses to force the issue by pushing too hard. And it proves, yet again, that though moral an... Read more

Affecting, life-affirming ‘Captain Fantastic’ lives up to its title

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Cathy Kanavy

The sweetly impossible dream that is Captain Fantastic imagines just how it might look to step away from the quotidian banality of everyday life of America in 2016. Read more

The new ‘Ghostbusters’ can’t scare up laughs

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Columbia Pictures

The Ghostbusters franchise, from the 1984 original to this week’s much-ballyhooed reboot, has so many Saturday Night Live connections perhaps it’s best to put any discussion of it in terms an SNL fan ... Read more

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