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Even as Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi layers his films with complexity — with characters whose intimacies are crowded by politics, society and the past — his command of narrative is utterly total. You get the impression he could … more
A CURE FOR WELLNESS (R)Thriller set at a mysterious wellness spa in the Swiss Alps where things are not what they appear to be. 2 hours 26 minutes. BMA DOG'S PURPOSE (PG)Over the course of five decades, a lovable dog who is reincarnated as multiple … more
Some of the best animated films have been inspired by fairy tales, ancient Greek fables or mythology. Now comes one clearly inspired by, of all people, David Mamet.The creators of "The Boss Baby " have obviously been mining the playwright's gritty, … more
There's a question every piece of intellectual property needs to ask itself before a new version is made: How seriously should we treat the source material?There's no right answer. There've been successful versions of both. Irreverent and meta takes … more
"I've been having glitches," Scarlett Johansson's part-human, mostly cyborg robot says in "The Ghost in the Shell." "It will pass."Rupert Sanders' remake of Mamoru Oshii's 1995 influential anime classic, from Masamune Shirow's Japanese manga comics, … more
AFTER THE STORMTrying to rebuild a life in ruins, a once-successful prize-winning author turned private detective is given a rare opportunity to forge a bond with his son on a stormy summer night. In Japanese, with English subtitles. 1 hour 57 … more
Modest and majestic at once, the films of James Gray patiently burrow their way into the souls of their characters and, maybe, into you. Gray is painterly and exacting — some might say to a fault. But his movies' revelations are complex and … more
Over the course of five decades, a lovable dog who is reincarnated as multiple canines develops an unbreakable bond with a young boy and keeps reentering his life as he matures. 2 hours. BMFIFTY SHADES DARKER (R)As Christian and Ana rebuild their … more
In all the kinked knots and twists of satin that adorn "Fifty Shades Darker," none is more worthwhile to uncoil than the tangled absurdities of its central dominator, Christian Grey.He's a singularly ridiculous cocktail of money, abs and sex toys. … more
Turns out, Batman can take a joke. Hundreds, actually.It's not the simplest thing to take a character as embedded in our culture as Batman and make wickedly irreverent fun of him while simultaneously paying tribute to his storied past and keeping … more
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