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'City of Ghosts' review: Heroic journalism amid carnage in Middle East

  American audiences have enjoyed a recent spate of documentaries that take us beyond headlines and just-the-facts news stories about the Islamic State, Iraq and Syria, and that give us, instead, a glimpse of the people whose lives have been so viciously upended by militancy's rise in the Middle...

  • 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' review: DeHaan, Cara Delevingne on a mangled quest

    'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' review: DeHaan, Cara Delevingne on a mangled quest

    Medical experts offer differing opinions, but valerian root extract is considered by many to be an effective sleep aid with the right dosage, and a powerful, dangerous sedative with the wrong one. I suspect these same two outcomes hold true for "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," writer-director...

  • 'Girls Trip' review: Raunchy but heartfelt female empowerment

    'Girls Trip' review: Raunchy but heartfelt female empowerment

    Perfecting the raunchy, randy, female-driven comedy can be a tall order. "Bridesmaids" showed it could be done, though such successes can be few and far between. "Girls Trip" proves to be the heir apparent to "Bridesmaids," a film about female friendship that nails the comedy, the boldness and...

  • 'Dunkirk' review: By land, by sea and — especially — by air

    'Dunkirk' review: By land, by sea and — especially — by air

    With a bare minimum of dialogue, and a brutal maximum of scenes depicting near-drowning situations in and around Dunkirk, France, in late May and early June 1940, Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is a unique waterboarding of a film experience. Many will respond to it, primally, as a grueling dramatization...

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