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‘A Bigger Splash’ really makes you hate the houseguest



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


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


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


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


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



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


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



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’


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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