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You'll discover a wonderful actor you're unlikely to have ever seen before in "The Last Suit." He's a 67-year-old Argentinian actor from a theatrical family named Miguel Angel Sola. He's never before been featured in a performance as potentially popular as the one in "The Last Suit" (whose Spanish title, "El Ultimo Traje" is where you'll find what few Internet references t…

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Michael Haneke, the writer/director of "Happy End," doesn't like us very much. It's nothing specific that we did. It's just that if you're an avid member of the American filmgoing classes, you're a perfect target for the Austrian filmmaker. You're either too lazy or too intellectually fat or too bourgeois or all those things together by his lights. After all, haven't yo…

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Annette Bening will never be better than she is in Paul McGuigan's film "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool." Hers is, absolutely, one of the great female film performances of 2017. It's a tragedy, therefore, that this year's Oscar category for Best Actress couldn't find room for her. A  plausible argument has long been that her ultra-high profile marriage to Warren Beat…

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“A Hologram for the King” is a seemingly slight movie about some very hefty subjects. The United States’ image in the 21st century world. Its place in the global economy. The decline of its middle class. The feeling of impotence in many of its workers. The erosion of the American dream. Big topics. And yet, very little happens in this brisk, 90-minute tragicomedy. It all…

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“A Hologram for the King” is a seemingly slight movie about some very hefty subjects. The United States’ image in the 21st century world. Its place in the global economy. The decline of its middle class. The feeling of impotence in many of its workers. The erosion of the American dream. Big topics. And yet, very little happens in this brisk, 90-minute tragicomedy. It all…

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Consider this cast list: Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Deena Martin, Cole Hauser, Nicky Katt and, as an unbilled extra, Renee Zellweger. All of them were just starting out when they were in “Dazed and Confused,” Richard Linklater’s much-loved movie about the last day of high school in 1976. It was, at the tim…

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Consider this cast list: Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Deena Martin, Cole Hauser, Nicky Katt and, as an unbilled extra, Renee Zellweger. All of them were just starting out when they were in “Dazed and Confused,” Richard Linklater’s much-loved movie about the last day of high school in 1976. It was, at the tim…

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It’s easy to feel jaded when it comes to CGI-heavy cinema, but every so often a film pushes the technical boundaries and succeeds. Case in point: Disney’s live-action reimagining of “The Jungle Book.” Jon Favreau’s family film is a roaring success, an entertaining, immersive and fun creation that may be a bit intense for the littlest viewers, but should please just about …

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It’s easy to feel jaded when it comes to CGI-heavy cinema, but every so often a film pushes the technical boundaries and succeeds. Case in point: Disney’s live-action reimagining of “The Jungle Book.” Jon Favreau’s family film is a roaring success, an entertaining, immersive and fun creation that may be a bit intense for the littlest viewers, but should please just about …

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How can you possibly find humor in the homicides, senseless violence and gang warfare epidemic that is tearing one of America’s great cities apart at the seams? You can’t. But you can make it the backdrop of a return trip to the Barbershop. And as long as Cedric the Entertainer made up to be a 70-year-old man who says whatever is on his mind is one of the people working t…

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How can you possibly find humor in the homicides, senseless violence and gang warfare epidemic that is tearing one of America’s great cities apart at the seams? You can’t. But you can make it the backdrop of a return trip to the Barbershop. And as long as Cedric the Entertainer made up to be a 70-year-old man who says whatever is on his mind is one of the people working t…

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If “The Boss” were a comedy that was supposed to show off Melissa McCarthy, it doesn’t quite get us there; it never really takes the gloves off and lets her loose to do what she does best – be funny. The premise is inspired from a character McCarthy developed in her former Groundlings improv theater days. Michelle Darnell, “the 47th wealthiest woman in America” has parlay…

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If “The Boss” were a comedy that was supposed to show off Melissa McCarthy, it doesn’t quite get us there; it never really takes the gloves off and lets her loose to do what she does best – be funny. The premise is inspired from a character McCarthy developed in her former Groundlings improv theater days. Michelle Darnell, “the 47th wealthiest woman in America” has parlay…

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“Eye in the Sky” is a truly great suspense thriller about drone warfare. Put those things together – the power of the movie experience and the currency of the movie’s subject matter – and you’ve got a film deserving of ballyhoo to the skies. I’m using the word “great” advisedly here. One of the better movies of the past few years – Andrew Niccol’s “Good Kill” from 2014 – …

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The burning question is, “If I loved the first 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' will I love the second?” The answer: “Probably.” If you’ve been missing the nutty Portokalos clan and their zany heartwarming madness, this uneven sequel to the original 2002 record-breaking romantic comedy juggernaut is a little slow, but it delivers somewhat. When we catch up with the kooky fam…