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  • 'Miss Sloane' review: Jessica Chastain's lone wolf lobbyist treads well-worn turf

    'Miss Sloane' review: Jessica Chastain's lone wolf lobbyist treads well-worn turf

    There's never a hair out of place in "Miss Sloane," a painstakingly slick political thriller from director John Madden about a brilliant lone wolf lobbyist consumed with the win. It's a wannabe Aaron Sorkin-meets-Shonda Rhimes glimpse into the hollow and cynical world of inside the beltway dealings...

  • 'Fire at Sea' review: Harrowing look at refugee crisis

    'Fire at Sea' review: Harrowing look at refugee crisis

    What "Fire at Sea" appears to be and what it is are not the same thing, and it's that difference that makes it a masterful documentary. On the simplest level, this is a nonfiction film that won the Berlin Film Festival's prestigious Golden Bear, a film about the leading humanitarian crisis of our...

  • 'Don't Call Me Son' review: World-shattering secret upends teen's life

    'Don't Call Me Son' review: World-shattering secret upends teen's life

    Brazilian writer-director Anna Muylaert's new movie has been given the English language title "Don't Call Me Son," but it could easily be called by the English-language title of her last movie, "The Second Mother." In both instances, a functioning home is shaken up by a suddenly re-configured sense...

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  • 'Seasons' review: 'Winged Migration' filmmakers turn attention to Europe's animals

    'Seasons' review: 'Winged Migration' filmmakers turn attention to Europe's animals

    A Music Box Films release, the exceedingly pretty documentary "Seasons" comes from filmmakers Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, the two-Jacques act behind "Oceans" and, earlier, their most dazzling work to date, "Winged Migration." With "Seasons" they go long, and wide, if not necessarily deep....

  • 'Manchester by the Sea' a heartbreaking work of staggering grief

    'Manchester by the Sea' a heartbreaking work of staggering grief

    Without revealing too much: The crucial moment in Kenneth Lonergan's third feature, "Manchester by the Sea," arrives in a scene set in the police station of the Massachusetts coastal town of the title. Lee, played by a rivetingly contained Casey Affleck, is relaying the details of the incident...

  • 'Bad Santa 2' review: Billy Bob Thornton's Kris Kringle is more sad than bad

    'Bad Santa 2' review: Billy Bob Thornton's Kris Kringle is more sad than bad

    In calling "Bad Santa 2" the feel-bad movie of the season, let me be clear: I don't mean that it revives the rude-and-crude fun of the original hit, which turned the traditional Christmas film on its head. I mean the opposite. Trying to recapture that dark magic doesn't work the second time around....

  • 'Rules Don't Apply' review: Warren Beatty's screen return is a chaotic mess

    What better way to round out the month of November 2016 than with a hectic, over-stuffed biopic about an eccentric billionaire despot who uses his inherited wealth to make a giant mess of things in both the entertainment industry and federal government? Truly, there's a deep sense of irony in the...

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