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  • The sequel to 2015's hit Kingsman: The Secret Service won't make you feel the urgent need to take a shower and/or throw up, like the original probably did. That's not always a good thing. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Matthew...

  • There’s no delicate way to say this, so I’ll just spit it out. I spent the first 10 minutes of Stronger, David Gordon Green’s eventually potent drama of trauma and recovery, trying to work out whether star Jake Gyllenhaal was intending to suggest...

  • Operating as a companion piece to his 1993 film Compassion in Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama -- from which it recycles some material -- director Mickey Lemle's The Last Dalai Lama? paints an intimate, engaging portrait of...

  • In Eliza Hittman’s debut feature, It Felt Like Love, a young girl tests the waters of adult sexuality, offering her body up to the statuesque bros who live in her Eastern Seaboard beach town. She tries her hardest to mimic the women in pornos,...

  • Neasa Ní Chianáin's hundred-minute documentary School Life, which encompasses a year of emotional and scholastic activity at the pretty Headfort School in Ireland, comes bookended with bittersweet tears. In the beginning,...

  • A little power corrupts absolutely in this caustically clever Slovak-language dramedy from the prolific Czech director-writer team of Jan Hrebejk and Petr Jarchovsky (Divided We Fall, Up and Down). Set in 1983 Bratislava, with the Iron...

  • Don't be surprised if you see It's Not Yet Dark and start feeling bad -- not about its subject, writer and artist Simon Fitzmaurice, but mostly about yourself and your own life. Fitzmaurice is an Irish husband and father who was stricken...

  • A lot of star-power, and the resources of three countries, went into the making of this subtitled dance-world weepie. Shot in French and Russian, it takes us from Moscow to Paris and ultimately to Antwerp, showing us a young woman's emergence...

  • Hallie Meyers-Shyer's cheeringly low-key debut, Home Again, offers proof that someone making movies understands what Hollywood has in Reese Witherspoon. I hope this star and this new writer-director make a habit of pairing up. Witherspoon...

  • There's a reason that Stephen King's IT has endured all these years. Its portrait of childhood -- one of bullies, of ritual humiliations, of neglectful parents, of puberty and self-loathing -- is universal. And there's something awesomely...

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