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It was dirty work, Marie and Pierre Curie's discovery of radium and polonium. To investigate uranium at their Paris laboratory, Marie acquired several tons of pitchblende, a black ore, and the industrial waste product left over when uranium was removed from it. They ground the rock and disso…

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If you're of a certain age, much of the new Netflix thriller "Fatal Affair" will be very familiar. That's because it's really just a diluted retelling of another, similarly named film — 1987's "Fatal Attraction."

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"Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga," Will Ferrell's goofy and highly quotable parody of the long-running European spectacle, is the first great comedy of 2020 and it couldn't have come soon enough. There hasn't been much to laugh about lately.

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The protagonists in Judd Apatow movies don't generally have their stuff together. They are emotionally stunted, occasionally underachieving, unmotivated to change and often even border on unlikable. But whether it's Seth Rogen's stoner-entrepreneur, Steve Carell's 40-year-old virgin or Adam …

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Josephine Decker's prickly, unnerving "Shirley," is set mostly in the Bennington, Vermont, home of the reclusive writer Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) and her husband, the literary critic Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg). But it also takes place in the gothic, heightened realm of one of J…

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There may have been a point — say, oh, a few months ago? — when we'd have demanded a lot more edge from a movie like "The High Note," and been less forgiving of its more implausible moments.

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"The Lovebirds" stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani are two of the most exciting voices working in film and television today, as actors, writers and creators. Rae's "Insecure" and Nanjiani's "The Big Sick" are both vibrant, stimulating and fresh and rooted deeply in the diversity of their own…

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Even before darker anxieties took hold, the bad guys of "Scooby-Doo" were charmingly quaint. An evil circus owner, a grumpy civil servant, a plotting first mate — these were the villains of "Scooby-Doo," all of them revealed with an unmasking flourish and the cursing of "you meddling kids."

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You can thank "The Wretched" if you suddenly want to add another item to stock up with during this pandemic: salt. That's one of the only things that apparently keeps witches at bay. Pro tip: buy it in big bags.

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Tyler Rake sounds like a Mad-Libs action hero name. When you add to the mix that this character actually, literally kills someone with a rake, it starts to veer into parody territory. That's why it's somewhat surprising that the film built around that wonderfully silly name, " Extraction," i…

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Your enjoyment of the new Netflix comedy " Coffee & Kareem " may depend on whether or not you find insanely vulgar middle schoolers funny. It's not just cursing either. Oh no, this is a whole symphony of vulgarity that would make Seth Rogen blush.

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The wine movie is not exactly known for a bouquet of tasting notes. From "Wine Country" to "Bottle Shock," they are usually light, amiable movies that amble through sunny fields of vines. "Sideways," of course, is the choice vintage, but most come and go about as quickly and breezily as a bo…

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For a revolutionary animation studio, Pixar has been surprisingly wary of advancing technology. The company may be at the forefront of digital animation, but for 25 years, its spiritual DNA has been decidedly nostalgic. It's the old-school new school.

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Unraveling the dusted bandages of H.G. Wells' classic 1897 science-fiction novel, writer-director Leigh Whannell has refashioned "The Invisible Man" as a bracingly modern #MeToo allegory that, despite its brutal craft, rings hollow.

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Mia (Tiffany Haddish) and Mel (Rose Byrne) are two women in their 30s who don't need men to make them happy, though they'll gladly use them for fun. They're best friends and roommates, comfortably unmarried, and focused on the small cosmetics business they've formed together.

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It’s been a good time for World War I buffs — especially if they’re also movie buffs. A year ago director Peter Jackson applied state-of-the-art technology to century-old war footage to bring the Great War alive with sudden, stunning immediacy in his documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old.”

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Not much has caused a disturbance in the "Star Wars" galaxy quite like Rian Johnson's "The Last Jedi," an erratic but electric movie that, regardless of how you felt about it, was something worth arguing about. The same can't be said for J. J. Abrams' "Rise of Skywalker," a scattershot, impa…

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Rian Johnson's "Knives Out" unravels not just a good old-fashioned murder mystery but the very fabric of the whodunit, pulling at loose threads until it has intricately, devilishly woven together something new and exceedingly delightful.

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Director Marielle Heller frames " A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood " as if it were an episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," with miniature sets of cars and bridges to illustrate New York and Pittsburgh. Mr. Rogers, played with clear-eyed purpose by Tom Hanks, introduces the audience t…

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Will Smith is usually an asset for a movie. He's the kind of true movie star whose charisma can elevate even the most mediocre material. You'd think then that it would be a good thing to have not just one but two Will Smiths in a movie if you can. That was at least part of the idea behind "G…

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Having stayed rigorously close to his native New York for much of his career, writer-director James Gray has lately been making up for lost time. His last film, "The Lost City of Z," journeyed into the Amazon, circa early 20th century. His latest, "Ad Astra," skitters across the solar system…

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"Hustlers " saves all of its tricks for the end. It's a banger of an ending, too, which is something that so few films manage to nail. The emotion, the stakes, the character development and the why of it all hit around the same time. This, you think, is the movie. Then suddenly it's over jus…

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It can be a cheesy thing when a novel is split up and spread out over a handful of films, but Stephen King's "It" is not one of those books.

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The 12-year-old protagonists of "Good Boys" have mastered the use of lingo like "lit" and "burn," but they are foggier on just exactly what a tampon is and swear that a nymphomaniac is someone who has sex on land and on sea. They are tantalizingly close to young adulthood and yet tragically …

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There is a certain mindless pleasure in the "Fallen" movies. Watching Gerard Butler muscle his way through increasingly preposterous obstacles as a Secret Service agent can be amusing and oddly transfixing at the same time. It's mass entertainment that makes a courtesy stop in theaters befor…

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The idea behind "Where'd You Go, Bernadette " is tantalizing — a woman goes missing and her 15-year-old daughter tries to piece together where she went. In the process, the daughter discovers a whole wonderful life that she knew nothing about — that her shut-in, agoraphobic mother who delega…

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Thinking about finally getting off of Facebook? "The Great Hack ," a new documentary on Netflix, might just be the push you were looking for. At the very least, you'll probably never take another online personality test. It's meant to scare and influence you, and probably even for good reaso…

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Peter Parker might be forgiven for craving a vacation as "Spider-Man: Far From Home" begins. After an emotional and strenuous last few movies with the Avengers, a break sounds nice. "I didn't think I had to save the world this summer," he complains.

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Would any fictional gadget be more coveted by Hollywood executives than the memory-erasing "Men in Black" neuralyzer? Imagine the lucrative benefits of being able to, with a single flash, make moviegoers forget the film they just saw. Franchises would be endlessly renewable. IP could last forever.

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Watching "Late Night," an enjoyably zippy if scattershot comedy about a veteran late-night host and her fresh-faced new writing hire, a persistent thought runs through your head: How have we been abiding without a steady supply of leading roles like this for Emma Thompson, and why haven't we…

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If the sweet, animated 2016 film "The Secret Life of Pets" was mostly for kids, its new sequel might be for another segment of the audience altogether — whoever is buying the tickets. Amid the cute critter shenanigans, this one has plenty of lessons for the parents.

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Movies can be blessedly simple. As the first "John Wick" showed, all you really need is a car, a gun, a dead dog and Keanu Reeves. Who needs "kiss kiss" when you've got plenty of "bang bang"?