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  • Irish drama 'The Journey' reduces history to a contrivance

    Irish drama 'The Journey' reduces history to a contrivance

    A feat of imagination surrounding the very real agreement that closed one of the widest chasms in political history, “The Journey” proposes that the bloody, hard-fought Troubles in Northern Ireland may have been settled with that most timeworn of movie tropes: opposites stuck together on a road...

  • 'The Bad Batch' reveals a muddled but visually striking desert dystopia

    'The Bad Batch' reveals a muddled but visually striking desert dystopia

    The title of “The Bad Batch,” Ana Lily Amirpour’s arid and feverish new movie, refers to the assorted undesirables who have been exiled by the U.S. government to a vast and barely habitable stretch of Texas wasteland. Under a merciless sun, a sullen new arrival named Arlen (the British actress...

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  • French thriller ‘Moka’ builds tension with a grieving mother on a mission

    French thriller ‘Moka’ builds tension with a grieving mother on a mission

    “Moka” is a tense psychological thriller whose twisty plot benefits from a bravura performance by Emmanuelle Devos. Devos' work will not surprise French cinema fans. Though not a household word over here, she is one of her country's top working actresses, best known for her Cesar-winning performance...

  • 'My Journey Through French Cinema' is a deeply personal and passionate trip from director Bertrand Tavernier

    'My Journey Through French Cinema' is a deeply personal and passionate trip from director Bertrand Tavernier

    As its title indicates, “My Journey Through French Cinema” is personal with a capital “P,” a passionate, opinionated, drop-dead fascinating documentary essay about that country’s film history put together by a clear-eyed enthusiast who was born to tell the tale. Few people know as much about French...

  • John Green to publish his first book since 'The Fault in Our Stars'

    John Green to publish his first book since 'The Fault in Our Stars'

    It’s been more than five years in the making, but John Green’s follow-up to his beloved 2012 novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” is finally becoming a reality. Penguin Young Readers announced the upcoming release of “Turtles All the Way Down,” Green’s new novel, scheduled for publication on Oct. 10....

  • 'Score: A Film Music Documentary' explores composers' art

    'Score: A Film Music Documentary' explores composers' art

    Although it won’t win any prizes for narrative structure, Matt Schrader’s “Score: A Film Music Documentary” spotlights such a rich and fascinating topic — the craft of motion picture scoring — that its mere presence proves a feast for the eyes and ears. The film also offers one key aspect so often...

  • Time-warped comedy 'Ripped' is less than half-baked

    Time-warped comedy 'Ripped' is less than half-baked

    The time-travel stoner comedy “Ripped” blows a potentially funny idea on slapdash filmmaking and lazy storytelling. If much of this overly broad eye-roller wasn’t made up on the fly, it sure looks that way. The film’s, er, high concept involves 17-year-old best buds and weed-fueled slackers Reeves...

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