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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Review

Murder on the Orient Express winds up on that mid-level ground: mixing vivid visuals with a obligated script, quick line readings with sluggish storytelling, and a crackerjack caper with an uninspired mood.

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NOVITIATE Review

Novitiate is a movie of allusions, as the characters in its story become pieces with which we can examine the bigger changes outside the convent walls.

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GEOSTORM Review

I stand in awe at Geostorm, a film so ludicrously broken, so haphazardly smashed together, so unrepentantly clichéd, so brutally incoherent, so hilariously self-serious, that it crosses the boundaries of terrible, smashes through the meager definitions of good and bad or right and wrong, transforms itself in the interim, and becomes phenomenal.

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SYLVIO Review

Sylvio becomes a fascinating individual, managing to escape the cornering of what could have been a single-joke idea and instead anchoring a sly and effective comedy.

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TRAGEDY GIRLS Review

Tragedy Girls digs into the commodification of mass grief and hysteria that marks the town’s usable reactions to the deaths.

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BATTLE OF THE SEXES Review

Battle of the Sexes plays like its own outline, dutifully moving from scene to scene under the most workmanlike of precisions.

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SOY NERO Review

The first half of Soy Nero is a good movie about a young, undocumented immigrant who navigates a labyrinthine system in a quest to achieve citizenship. The second half is an efficient, bracing war film about a small band of soldiers who are ambushed and have to navigate a desolate, dangerous desert.

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LAST RAMPAGE Review

With such a clunky script, it’s all window-dressing for a rather empty interior.

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ENGLAND IS MINE Review

England is Mine is an uncharacteristically prescient and upfront name for a movie that isn’t even a fraction as bold.

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CLASH Review

CLASH clears away ideological nitpicking in favor of a constrained character study.

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CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER Review

California Typewriter lives and dies on the visible passion of its interviewees, and the implied passion of its director.