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‘Don’t Breathe’ will leave you breathless

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Sony Pictures

2016 has been a banner year for excellent horror films, which seems at times appropriate, given the horrors of this calendar year — shootings, war, natural disaster, an unprecedented presidential campaign. When it feels like the world is going to hell in a handbasket, there’s cathar... Read more

‘Little Men’ is big on emotion

Little Men

Eric McNatt

Director Ira Sachs is a master at showing the ins and outs of interpersonal conflict. In his previous two films — Keep the Lights On and Love Is Strange — the stories revolved around gay men. In Little M... Read more

‘Hands of Stone’ doesn’t hit as hard as it should

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The Weinstein Company

Hands of Stone is a sprawling yet fairly conventional biopic about the Panamanian boxing champion Roberto Duran — a man The Associated Press once declared the seventh-greatest fighter and No. 1 lightweight of the 20th century. For the uninitiated, the title ref... Read more

‘Lo and Behold’ documentary turns lens on the internet

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Magnolia Pictures

Werner Herzog breaks the internet in his latest documentary, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World. Read more

‘Tunnel’ digs beneath disaster cliches

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WellGo USA

Mainstream South Korean cinema contributed the summer’s best action film with Train to Busan, a kinetic kick of a zombie thriller that brought new life to the form. Tunnel, also a huge hit in South Korea, doesn’t quite do the sam... Read more

‘Southside With You’ re-creates the Obamas’ first date

Southside With You is familiar and yet new. In its form — two people go on a long first date and just talk and talk — the movie is reminiscent of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise (1995), with Julie Delpy and Ethan Ha... Read more

‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ hits the right notes

Film Review Kubo and the Two Strings

Laika Studios

The epic adventure from acclaimed animation studio Laika uses the voices of Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey. Read more

‘Imperium’ shows Daniel Radcliffe’s increasing versatility

Imperium

Lionsgate Premiere

Imperium is being fobbed off with a half-hearted, late-summer theatrical and video-on-demand release, but that shouldn’t be an excuse to dismiss it. The latest example of actor Daniel Radcliffe’s attempt to de-Potterize his career, it’s a well-mad... Read more

‘Ben-Hur’ races on the heels of classic '59 film

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Paramount

Ben-Hur and Charlton Heston go together like sword and sandal, the two being inextricably linked in the public mind. Read more

‘War Dogs’ is a big bomb

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Warner Bros.

So this is weird: Vocally, Jonah Hill and Miles Teller sound eerily alike, even though they’re completely different physical types. If War Dogs were more interesting, funnier, wilder, something, anything, this wouldn’t warrant a mention. Read more

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