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This ‘Office Christmas Party’ is worth attending

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Paramount Pictures

Content-wise, there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the crude sexual humor and pervasive vulgarity of the recent Bad Santa 2 and this week’s Office Christmas Party. Read more

‘Man Down’ falls and can’t get up

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Lionsgate Premiere

Before the final credits roll in Man Down, statistics are flashed on screen regarding the number of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with PTSD or who commit suicide. They are sobering, alarming figures and they deserve to preceded by a better movie than this handsome... Read more

Review: ‘Three Days in August’ features strong performances

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Bongani Mlambo

There has been a quiet explosion in the past couple of years in lo-fi, low-budget, locally made indie films about Texas families coming together and falling apart. From Josh Barrett and Marc Menchaca’s emotionally devastating but unfortunately little-seen This Is Where ... Read more

‘Manchester By the Sea’ swells with emotion

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Amazon Studios

It’s hard to overstate the magnificence of Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By the Sea. His third feature following You Can Count on Me and Margaret is one that swells with the spectrum of human emot... Read more

HBO films document rights battles in Cuba

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HBO

The Cuban revolution took place almost 60 years ago, but the island nation is in the midst of another period of great change. This one may not result in the overthrow of the current regime, but as two new HBO documentaries make clear, the potential for radical change is just as great as it was in... Read more

Isabelle Huppert takes ‘Elle’ to the next level

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Sony Pictures Classics

Isabelle Huppert makes lots of movies — two or three a year — but even with that deluge of output, Elle is something rare. Directed by Paul Verhoeven, Elle melds together two artistic worlds, the highly sexualized and rich at... Read more

‘The Eagle Huntress’ soars

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Sony Pictures Classics

For centuries, nomadic huntsmen high in the cold Mongolian mountains of Altai would climb steep crags, gingerly approach an eagle’s nest, capture a baby eaglet and train it to kill foxes for fur and food. For seven years the bird would serve its master and then be released back to the wild. Read more

‘Rules Don’t Apply’ is an unruly mess

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Francois Duhamel

What better way to round out the month of November than with a hectic, over-stuffed biopic about an eccentric billionaire despot who uses his inherited wealth to make a giant mess of things in both the entertainment industry and federal government? Read more

‘Bad Santa 2’ more sad than anything

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Jan Thijs

In calling Bad Santa 2 the feel-bad movie of the season, let me be clear: I don’t mean that it revives the rude-and-crude fun of the original hit, which turned the traditional Christmas film on its head. Read more

‘Allied’ finds common cause with older films

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Paramount

It takes either moxie or madness to make a WWII-era romantic thriller partially set in Casablanca because of the obvious parallels to, well, Casablanca. With the handsome and elegant Allied, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as spies... Read more

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