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The casting, with Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, is brilliant, and the ending, in a top-down convertible, is sublime. So why is the rest of Pablo Larraín's "Spencer" such a hollow exercise in high camp?

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You can tell "Eternals" is going to be epic right from the opening crawl line: "In the beginning..." That's right, the film actually swipes language from the Book of Genesis. The Marvel Cinematic Universe just got biblical.

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"Everybody's Talking About Jamie," a predictable and glossy "Billy Elliot"-like musical of British working-class aspiration that's nevertheless a joy, is the kind of movie that might have once been made about the trials of coming out as a young gay man.

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There is no doubt that James Wan knows his way around the horror genre. The man behind "The Conjuring," "Insidious" and "Saw" franchises has not had many misses. But his gruesome latest, " Malignant," is simply ridiculous. And that's not even taking into account the cringey remix of "Where I…

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Toward the end of "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard," there's a scene where Ryan Reynolds is repeatedly smashing a man's head into a jukebox aboard a yacht, as sometimes happens. Each time the bloodied head goes in the machine, it triggers a new song. Until it lands on "The Sign" by Ace of Base.

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There are two genres I tend to approach with extra caution: Slashers and retirement home comedies. Both have found me covering my eyes for not entirely unrelated reasons. Yes, the dismembering is more metaphorical in the latter, but sometimes it's equally hard to stomach seeing a great group…

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John Krasinski catches you off guard in the first moment of " A Quiet Place Part II," inviting you into his film with the most terrifying thing of all in this universe: Noise. It's a testament to the effectiveness of "A Quiet Place" that any sound is guaranteed to make you immediately uneasy…

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A sleepy and aimless stab at something earnestly "feel-good," "Here Today" is a wasted pairing of Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish that juggles dementia, grief and family squabbles about as adeptly as a daytime soap.

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Hollywood thrillers in which sophisticated, attractive city folk move to creaky old country homes and experience scary things are a dime a dozen. Less common is when those Hollywood thrillers are based on the theology of 18th-century Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg.

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The first death in the "Mortal Kombat" reboot occurs less than three minutes in, which is actually pretty coy. This is a movie, after all, based on a video game where the point is bloody violence.

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Melissa McCarthy and her husband, filmmaker Ben Falcone, have managed to put out not one but two movies during this global pandemic. It prompts two questions: What did we do to deserve them? And how do we stop it?

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The great recession didn't just eliminate jobs, it also erased an entire town. Six months after U.S. Gypsum closed its doors in Empire, Nevada, a company town since 1948, its zip code was retired and its inhabitants forced to leave. It's this brief history that opens Chloé Zhao's extraordina…

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In Florian Zeller's "The Father," Anthony, 80, in the grip of dementia, is a captain ready to go down with the ship. Overhearing his daughter and son-in-law contemplating a nursing home, he curses them as "rats" abandoning him. Pacing his London apartment in a bath robe, he mounts a noble re…

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An air of mystery surrounded Rosamund Pike in "Gone Girl" but there's no mistaking her in "I Care a Lot." Sporting designer suits and a bob cut so sharp that you tremble for her stylist, Pike's Marla Grayson is ruthlessly imperious from head to toe.

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Forces of revolution and oppression collide and entangle in Shaka King's blistering "Judas and the Black Messiah," a potent and vividly acted drama about the FBI's subversion and assassination of Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.

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The latest cinematic rendering of " Pinocchio, " from Italian director Matteo Garrone, is informed not by the friendly 1940 Walt Disney retelling, but the original source material. Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel "The Adventures of Pinocchio" is a much darker affair than the song-filled animated …

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Tom Hanks rides a horse and blasts a six-shooter in his new film, "News of the World." Some of you might be thinking this must be his first cowboy role. To those, we respond: Have you forgotten about Woody so soon?

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'Tis the season of great Aubrey Plaza performances, apparently. The "Parks and Recreation" and "Legion" alum has been long overdue for a breakout film role, something fitting of her wide-ranging talent and more imaginative than just relying on her quirky deadpan and eye rolls.

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J.D. Vance's "Hillbilly Elegy," an election-year explainer to liberal America about the white underclass that fueled Donald Trump's rise, has been reborn as blandly overbaked awards bait.

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Dolly Parton's " Christmas on the Square," the newest addition to Netflix's Christmas library, tests the limits of what one can reasonably categorize as a film. There is nothing cinematic in this 98-minute musical that sounds much more fun than it is. In fact, it has the feeling and producti…

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Three-quarters through "The Climb" comes a scene we've all come to expect in a romantic comedy: A wedding is interrupted by the best man who rushes into a church during a marriage ceremony and screams "I object!"

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Superman, that boring lug, has thankfully flown the coop. Writer-director Thomas Bezucha's Western thriller "Let Him Go" reunites Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, who as the Kents were easily the warmest presences in the otherwise dully dour "Man of Steel."