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‘A Bigger Splash’ really makes you hate the houseguest

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StudioCanal

On one level — say, the deep end of a swimming pool in a villa on a volcanic isle — A Bigger Splash is the art film version of a houseguest-from-hell horror story. Read more

U.S. ‘Top Gear’ stars to drive into TMS

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History channel

The stars of the U.S. version of the popular car-geek show Top Gear are taking a trip to, appropriately enough, Texas Motor Speedway. Read more

‘Dark Horse’ documentary is a winner

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Who can resist a good horse story? Simply and directly made, Dark Horse is a rousing documentary about Welsh villagers who chip in a modest sum to buy and train a racehorse, and find that they have a winner on their hands. Read more

The best movies based on video games

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Columbia Pictures, Rovio Animation

If you took your vid kids to see Ratchet & Clank and you’re already tweeting about The Angry Birds Movie, which hits theaters Friday, you may be wondering what other video-game films are worth your time and money. Read more

‘Money Monster’ has a down day on Wall Street

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Sony Pictures

Jodie Foster channels her inner ’70s filmmaker in the slick, streamlined Money Monster, her cinematic shout-out to “mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” films such as Network and Read more

Dev Patel, ‘Infinity’ make math seem almost inspiring

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IFC

The Man Who Knew Infinity takes an incredible true story — about an impoverished Indian man whose Jedi math skills helped him triumph over race, class and bad food in early 20th century England — and telescopes it into a well-made and heartfelt yet predi... Read more

Movie review: ‘High Rise’ has some low points

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Magnolia Pictures

High-Rise is as impressive as a film can be without quite being satisfying. Read more

‘Genius’ host Hawking addresses time travel, aliens, more

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PBS

Stephen Hawking is always the smartest guy in the room. Few others come close. Read more

Martial-arts action makes up for plot in ‘Kill Zone 2’

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Well Go USA

The Chinese martial-arts film Kill Zone 2 has a serpentine plot that doesn’t just verge on the incomprehensible, it practically celebrates it. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Family Fang’

There are a million ways for parents to screw up their kids. The Family Fang serves up a new one: cutting-edge performance art. Read more

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