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The mad puzzle of Gore Verbinski's 'A Cure for Wellness'

The mad puzzle of Gore Verbinski's 'A Cure for Wellness'

At some point during “A Cure for Wellness,” a lavish and interminable new thriller from writer-director Gore Verbinski, I found myself wondering which movie it would pair best with on a double bill. Maybe “Crimson Peak” or “Shutter Island,” two similarly gorgeous-looking auteur forays into the realms of gothic horror. Or perhaps Paolo Sorrentino’s drama “Youth,” which, like “A Cure for Wellness,” takes place almost entirely at a luxurious Swiss spa, albeit one with fewer flesh-eating aquatic serpents and bloody dentist’s drills in evidence.

By the end of the movie — after 146 minutes’ worth of circular puzzles, vague portents and innumerable false endings — it was clear...

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