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Movie Review: “Shoplifters” pass it down, generation to generation in this Japanese drama

“Shoplifters” is an award-winning Japanese drama about a little seen corner of that country’s culture — the working poor. And by “working,” I mean day labor in construction, sex club performer or ironer at a dry cleaners. But as the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Disney repeats itself

You’ve seen the best moment from “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the sequel to Disney’s charming, “Wreck it Ralph,” an homage to vintage video games in a post-arcade world. It’s the scene with all the anachronistic but ready-to-be-empowered Disney princesses and … Continue reading

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Preview, Julianne Moore takes to the dance floor in search of love in “Gloria Bell”

Now that we’ve scratched Julianne Moore off that short list of “Best Actresses never to win an Oscar” (Glenn Close, Margo — are you next?) she can get back to the business of making terrific indie dramedies in between the … Continue reading

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Steve McQueen collects “Widows” raves, cries “Racism,” and steps in it

We will know later tonight if “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen has a new hit on his hand with the heist thriller “Widows.” But we do know he’s rolling in rapturous notices for a decent — not great … Continue reading

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Movie Review — “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the most wearying Wizarding World of all

Murky to the point of sleep-inducing, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is a lot like watching an entire Wizarding World movie through Newt Scamander’s tumbling red forelock. A parade of back stories involving familiar surnames (Lestrange, Dumbledore), endless exposition … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”

Warners is a bit late showing this in my market, so there are reviews aplenty already out there for this J.K. Rowling sequel. Will I be the one to tip the Johnny Depp “Potterworld” picture into positive or negative territory? … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Anchor and Hope”

Motoring the canals of Greater London provides a charming backdrop to “Anchor and Hope,” a generally pedestrian romance about a lesbian couple’s struggles to have a baby. Carlos Marques-Marcet (“10,000 Km”_ has lovely locations and a good cast that you … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Life on the fringe is lived in “Mobile Homes”

Imogen Poots never disappoints. Whatever role she takes, whichever indie film project engages her passion, her signing on the dotted line always makes for a fascinating peek into an gritty world beyond most of our experience. “Mobile Homes” joins “Sweet … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Instant Family” — warm fuzzies and rude laughs in the world of adoption

Mark Wahlberg knows better than to do star comedies built around whatever character he’s playing. Buddy comedies are what work for him, mostly ones co-starring Will Ferrell. It takes the right “buddy” to get him wound up, antic and funny. … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Instant Family”

It wouldn’t be the holidays without a mildly inappropriate Mark Wahlberg “family” comedy. And this year, there’s no Will Ferrell to cover for him. So Mark has to bring his manic A-game. “Instant Family” is about adoption, so a lot … Continue reading

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