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NN 2019

Lone Scherfig’s everything-is-connected ensemble film never comes together Read more

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Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce enjoy themselves as Popes Benedict and Francis, but the film is a snooze Read more

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The animation looks great, but Disney’s unnecessary continuation of the story is merely a blatant brand extension Read more

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The Good Liar

Warner Bros.

Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren are perfectly cast in this tale of a gentleman con artist and his latest mark, but writer/director Bill Condon fumbles the execution Read more

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James Mangold's attempt to be a racetrack version of The Right Stuff runs out of fuel Read more

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The characters are thin, the storytelling confusing and the CG action feels like a video game Read more

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black and blue

Sony Pictures/Screen Gems

Thriller starring Naomie Harris as a rookie cop on the run in New Orleans has all the ingredients to work, but gets the recipe wrong Read more

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Greener Grass

Lowell Mayer/Sundance Institute

Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe’s indie is full of gifted comedy players but doesn't have anything to say Read more

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Living With Yourself Paul Rudd

Eric Liebowitz/Netflix

Netflix clone series starring Paul Rudd in a dual role feels more like a proof of concept than a complete work Read more

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The King Netflix Timothee Chalamet

Courtesy of Netflix

The rising Hollywood star is miscast as King Henry V in shallow historical drama based on Shakespeare's Henriad plays Read more

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Joaquin Phoenix finds lots of pathos in the title role, but Todd Phillips’s hollow film won’t change the history of superhero cinema Read more

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The Politician

Courtesy of Netflix

Ryan Murphy's first Netflix series sets up a very timely premise – and then plays it safe Read more

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James Franco’s bizarre adaptation of Steve Erickson’s novel has lots of intriguing parts, but they don’t come together Read more

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Stilted adaptation saps all the life and energy out of Donna Tartt's neo-Dickensian novel Read more

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The starry second part of the Stephen King adaptation coasts on connections from the first film Read more

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Adaptation of Maria Semple’s bestseller awkwardly swerves in tone from comedy of manners to midlife-crisis drama to character study Read more

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Bart Freundlich swaps the genders of the story’s characters, but his changes work against the film’s plot Read more

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Movie about a British Pakistani kid who finds comfort and identity in Bruce Springsteen’s music is full of false notes Read more

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William Scoular’s Toronto-filmed movie lacks any dramatic or narrative energy Read more

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Andrea Berloff's directorial debut casts Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as 70s mob wives who step up when their husbands go to prison, but it's a waste of everybody's time Read more

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