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'Call Me by Your Name,' '1945' and other movie picks for Nov. 24

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang.

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'1945' is a lean, unadorned parable about guilt and the nature and consequences of evil

The premise is simple but compelling: Two strangers get off a train in a small town and nothing is ever the same again.

It could be the premise for a classic western set in Tombstone or Dodge, but the town is in rural Hungary, the two men are Orthodox Jews and the year, as the title indicates, is "1945."

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Luca Guadagnino's gay love story 'Call Me by Your Name' is a new coming-of-age classic

“Call Me by Your Name,” Luca Guadagnino’s gloriously al fresco new movie, sets the scene in its opening moments: “summer 1983, somewhere in northern Italy.” It’s a fittingly lazy description of a time and place that could hardly be more idyllic.

Men and women blissfully while away the hours, riding their bicycles by day and dancing well into the night.

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Joachim Trier's supernatural thriller ‘Thelma’ takes an unsettling look at religion and sexuality

“Thelma” begins in a remote stretch of wintry wilderness, where a man and his young daughter step gingerly across a frozen lake and into the woods nearby. The father has a rifle, presumably with the intention of shooting a fawn that pops into view. But after taking careful aim, he suddenly swings the weapon in an unexpected direction.

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Ever-energetic Rita Moreno is the only memorable thing about comedy 'Remember Me'

Other than the buoyant presence of Oscar winner Rita Moreno, “Remember Me” is a charmless but harmless comedy about two cousins and their aging grandmother. The EGOT-winner improves every scene in which she appears, but her absence makes moments built around other actors that much worse.

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All-male troupe brings cheeky sensibility to classical dance in documentary 'Rebels on Pointe'

Can men be considered “ballerinas”? They can — and are — especially when they’re members of the gender-bending, all-male comic ballet company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, a.k.a. “The Trocks,” which is enjoyably profiled in the documentary “Rebels on Pointe.”

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