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  • 'Murder on the Orient Express' review: A mystery train, 13 suspects long

    'Murder on the Orient Express' review: A mystery train, 13 suspects long

    The new version of “Murder on the Orient Express” is a film about a mustache. This culprit boasts the fiendish ability to steal focus from whatever and whomever it’s up against, every time director and star Kenneth Branagh confronts a suspect as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. A horizontal wonder,...

  • 'The Square' review: Ruben Ostlund skewers the art world

    'The Square' review: Ruben Ostlund skewers the art world

    The Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund possesses an exceptionally crisp, legible way of creating images. His frames are simply but elegantly composed, and he choreographs bodies within natural and built environments with superb attention to rhythms and detail. All of those gifts were on ample display...

  • 'Tragedy Girls,' when mean girls turn deadly mean ... but still look good on Instagram

    'Tragedy Girls,' when mean girls turn deadly mean ... but still look good on Instagram

    Pitched as a “Heathers” for the Instagram age, Tyler MacIntyre’s “Tragedy Girls” lacks the satirical bite and subversive weight of that 1988 cult classic. But the movie’s central idea and bright young cast are so good that some of its shallowness is forgivable. Brianna Hildebrand and Alexandra...

  • Blind magician triumphs with the hand he's been 'Dealt'

    Blind magician triumphs with the hand he's been 'Dealt'

    That signature sleight-of-hand saying, “Now you see it, now you don’t,” takes on an added layer of significance with “Dealt,” a penetrating documentary portrait of master playing-card manipulator Richard Turner, who also happens to be blind. As demonstrated in Luke Korem’s revealing film, winner...

  • 'Thor: Ragnarok' review: Marvel realm goes for the yuks

    'Thor: Ragnarok' review: Marvel realm goes for the yuks

    As part of its generally welcome comic strategy, “Thor: Ragnarok” heckles itself for two hours and 10 minutes and lets Jeff Goldblum, skittering around as master of the death-match revels on the planet Sakaar, get away with murder. Nobody else in the known universe works on Goldblum’s wavelength....

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