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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' and other movie picks for Dec. 15

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang.

Call Me By Your Name Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer give superb performances as two young men falling in love in the northern Italian countryside in this rapturously beautiful collaboration between director Luca Guadagnino and screenwriter James Ivory. (Justin Chang) R.

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'The Ballad of Lefty Brown' is a dark, brooding Old West tale with a smart modern touch

As the man himself would be the first to tell you, Lefty Brown is not the kind of guy ballads are written about. Folksy and eccentric, prone to talking to himself, this self-abnegating old-timer is the eternal sidekick, the hero's reliable right hand and nothing more.

But, as its title indicates, "The Ballad of Lefty Brown" delights in flipping the script.

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'The Soul of Success: The Jack Canfield Story' plays like a promo for 'Chicken Soup' author's brand

Even beyond its brief running time, “The Soul of Success: The Jack Canfield Story” feels less like a feature documentary and more like a well-produced video that plays at a seminar when the lights go down. There isn’t a lot of insight or depth regarding the bestselling author’s life and experience beyond his career achievements.

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Eclectic guitarist gets his due in 'Bill Frisell: A Portrait'

Many musicians claim their work is “unclassifiable,” but the term applies especially to Bill Frisell, who over the years has been filed under “jazz,” “rock,” “Americana” and even “classical.” The genteel guitarist will bring his mellifluous style and gentle atmospherics to anyone who needs it — from avant-garde adventurers like John Zorn to pop singers like Elvis Costello.

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Neo-noir 'Spent' quickly exhausts audience's patience

Writer-director Lisa Mikitarian goes for a stylized neo-noir aesthetic in the family melodrama “Spent,” but with amateurish acting, an overwrought script, and low-budget production design, this feature never has enough in the tank to get going in the first place.

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