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  • CHIPS is the latest kitschy-yet-beloved cop show to get remodeled on the big screen as a bromantic buddy comedy. However, unlike the way the movie versions of Starsky & Hutch and 21 Jump Street played up those shows’ alleged homoeroticism for...

  • There’s more of a narrative in Song to Song than in Terrence Malick’s last two films, but that may not, at first, seem like a good thing. Pin Malick’s work down these days — tease a story or philosophy out of it – and you’re usually faced with...

  • To understand how Ritesh Batra’s The Sense of an Ending might disappoint you if you’ve read the suspenseful, tear-jerking Julian Barnes novel on which it’s based, you should think back to Batra’s much-lauded debut feature The Lunchbox (2013). In...

  • Almost no one ever asks young women what they desire — in movies or reality. Feminine cravings are still seen as a dire threat, a grand disturbance to the power structure, and the few movie men who dare speak the words “What do you want?” — like...

  • In Personal Shopper, Olivier Assayas' outré yet unexpectedly touching tale of luxury brands and ectoplasm, Kristen Stewart's character is demoted to an even lowlier celebrity adjutant than the star played in Assayas' Clouds of...

  • The beginning marks the beginning of the end: A middle-aged man rouses from sleep, about to face another day of accosting and insulting strangers. He hates people but needs them, too. His voice-over kicks in, a peroration that opens with a bid...

  • Brash yet intimate, writer/director/editor Trey Edward Shults' observant, unnerving first feature transcends the notion of a "promising debut." Here, the promise is already fulfilled on the screen, which bustles with chaotic family life -- and...

  • One of J.K. Simmons' most appealing qualities is the incongruity between his assertive jock presence and his average, balding appearance -- a little bit turtle-y, right? But the kind of turtle you'd willingly follow into combat. The man also has...

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