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  • 'In the Name of My Daughter' review: Lifetime-like tragedy

    'In the Name of My Daughter' review: Lifetime-like tragedy

    The French film "In the Name of My Daughter" is based on a tricky real-life story. It's even trickier to write about without giving away spoilers, if that's even the right word for details that are revealed about actual events.

  • 'Poltergeist' review: Spiritless reboot is heeeere

    'Poltergeist' review: Spiritless reboot is heeeere

    The closing credits for Gil Kenan's remake of the 1982 horror classic "Poltergeist" feature the band Spoon covering the Cramps' 1980 punk classic "TV Set." Spoon is a tasteful, studious yet largely anodyne indie-rock outfit that has become an NPR staple; the Cramps were a scuzzy, unhinged psychobilly...

  • 'Tomorrowland' review: Clooney imagineers hope

    'Tomorrowland' review: Clooney imagineers hope

    By now you probably heard that the series finale of "Mad Men" ended with adman Don Draper dressed in loose-fitting whites, chanting "om" on the lawn of a commune in California, perched at the edge of the Pacific, the 1960s having slid into the 1970s. Then, just as we assumed Don had found spiritual...

  • 'Good Kill' review: Ethan Hawke struggles with remote-controlled warfare

    'Good Kill' review: Ethan Hawke struggles with remote-controlled warfare

    Sci-fi futures characterized by complex moral and political architecture have long been writer-director Andrew Niccol's stock-in-trade. Yet while there's not a hint of fantasy in "Good Kill," a smart, quietly pulsating contempo war drama, it could hardly feel more typical of Niccol's strongest...

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