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'The Only Living Boy in NY' review: Bad writing makes this film DOA

It’s hard to know what to make of the protagonist of “The Only Living Boy in New York,” a dour but idealistic aspiring writer in his early 20s who, when he learns that his father is having an affair, embarks on his own ill-advised relationship with Dad’s 40-something mistress. Why on Earth would...

  • 'Ingrid Goes West' review: Aubrey Plaza embodies true horror story for our digital times

    'Ingrid Goes West' review: Aubrey Plaza embodies true horror story for our digital times

    No film has yet captured both the lure and the psychosis of social media quite like "Ingrid Goes West," a dark comedy — or is it a warning? — about a lonely soul who seeks connection and finds it, unfortunately for everyone in her orbit, on Instagram. This is the real "Emoji Movie," a true horror...

  • 'Patti Cake$' review: Taking the rap in Jersey

    'Patti Cake$' review: Taking the rap in Jersey

    Set in the land of chicken parm, Sinatra and rocky roads to stardom, “Patti Cake$” is a crowd-pleaser in good and less-good ways, developed at the Sundance screenwriting lab and premiering at the Sundance Film Festival last January to a warm reception and a $9.5 million distribution deal from Fox...

  • 'Logan Lucky': Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig cut a caper

    'Logan Lucky': Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig cut a caper

    I’m officially apologizing for some of the things I wrote about Channing Tatum several movies ago. Initially I thought he had little to offer, beyond a physique and a few dance moves, plus a few more exotic dance moves. Then, with stiffs like the ridiculous costume drama “The Eagle” behind him,...

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  • 'Wind River': Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen on the trail of a predator

    'Wind River': Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen on the trail of a predator

    With the drug cartel thriller “Sicario” (2015), the West Texas bank robbery yarn “Hell or High Water” (2016) and the new, Wyoming-set “Wind River” (2017), screenwriter Taylor Sheridan has created an unofficial trilogy of crime stories sharing an unstated moral. It goes like this: Follow the rules...

  • 'Menashe': A Brooklyn tale of father, son and community

    'Menashe': A Brooklyn tale of father, son and community

    “Menashe” marks the feature debut of documentary-trained director Joshua Z. Weinstein, who shot his movie, partially under wraps across a two-year period, in the Hasidim community of Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Borough Park district. The film’s in Yiddish and some English, with English subtitles. Weinstein,...

  • 'The Nut Job 2' review: A rote but radical sequel

    'The Nut Job 2' review: A rote but radical sequel

    You never know where you're going to find the most radical ideas. Somehow, a sub-par animated film sequel intended to quiet the kids for a few hours on a weekend afternoon burns with a proletarian rage. You'd never expect that from "The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature," but somehow, it's true. First,...

  • 'An Inconvenient Sequel' review: Fascinating and absolutely crucial viewing

    'An Inconvenient Sequel' review: Fascinating and absolutely crucial viewing

    With articles about climate change going viral on social media, reports of extreme weather events and melting glaciers circling in the news, and the president's recent decision to leave the Paris climate accord, it seems that this couldn't be a better or scarier time for "An Inconvenient Sequel:...

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