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  • 'The Conway Curve' is too bland to sustain its kooky characters' high jinks

    'The Conway Curve' is too bland to sustain its kooky characters' high jinks

    The middling family comedy “The Conway Curve” leans on quirk, but it is woefully lacking in the humor and energy necessary to get the wheels turning on this bus. Writer-director Marian Yeager makes her feature debut with the film, starring a winsome Veronica Wylie as Natalie Conway. Our leading...

  • Charlize Theron is toughness incarnate in the stylish, self-regarding 'Atomic Blonde'

    Charlize Theron is toughness incarnate in the stylish, self-regarding 'Atomic Blonde'

    About halfway through “Atomic Blonde,” Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), a lethal MI6 superwoman on assignment in Cold War-era Berlin, goes to see Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker.” OK, not really. Her latest intrigue leads her to an Alexanderplatz theater showing that 1979 Soviet slow-cinema masterwork,...

  • Powerful '500 Years' doc concludes trilogy on Guatemalan resistance

    Powerful '500 Years' doc concludes trilogy on Guatemalan resistance

    Serving as the final chapter in her Resistance Saga trilogy of documentaries chronicling Guatemala’s human rights struggles, filmmaker Pamela Yates’ “500 Years” is a palpably passionate if somewhat less contained effort than the two films preceding it. As in 1982’s “When the Mountains Tremble”...

  • Indie caper comedy 'Imperfections' is no diamond in the rough

    Indie caper comedy 'Imperfections' is no diamond in the rough

    The flaws are considerable in “Imperfections,” a languid, tonally undisciplined heist comedy written and directed by David Singer about a struggling Chicago actress who takes a job as a diamond runner for a jewelry importer. Experiencing an extended drought in acting gigs and freshly fired from...

  • A couple's dreams of paradise turn tragic in the unsettling 'Santoalla'

    A couple's dreams of paradise turn tragic in the unsettling 'Santoalla'

    Paradise may exist in the next life, but the dream of heaven right here on Earth inevitably comes with strings attached, often tragic ones. Documentaries on this phenomenon, whether it be Stanley Nelson's 2006 film on Jonestown or 2013's smartly titled "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden,"...

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