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Alexander Payne Delivers an Incredible Shrinking Film

Alexander Payne Delivers an Incredible Shrinking Film

With Downsizing, the director continues his exploration of humanity’s foibles in a very different filmic universe.

Alexander Payne Delivers an Incredible Shrinking Film
The Highfalutin’ Fantasy of ‘Call Me by Your Name’

The Highfalutin’ Fantasy of ‘Call Me by Your Name’

The latest from director James Ivory is a tad pretentious, very smart, and plenty beautiful.

The Highfalutin’ Fantasy of ‘Call Me by Your Name’
Frances McDormand plays Mildred Hayes in one of the year’s best, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’ Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

The Movies That Mattered in 2017

Tribalism aside, it was a banner year for film.

Frances McDormand plays Mildred Hayes in one of the year’s best, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’ Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox
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Ferdinand Is Too Big for Its Bullring

The modern take on the classic children’s story fails when stretched to feature length.

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Things Get Messy in ‘On the Beach at Night Alone’

Things Get Messy in ‘On the Beach at Night Alone’

The latest from Hong Sang-soo is engaging, but maybe a little too real.

Things Get Messy in ‘On the Beach at Night Alone’
‘Wonder Wheel’ Needs Room to Breathe

‘Wonder Wheel’ Needs Room to Breathe

Woody Allen’s latest is filled with dialogue, but what is it really saying?

‘Wonder Wheel’ Needs Room to Breathe
Where to See ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ in Seattle

Where to See ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ in Seattle

On screen and stage.

Where to See ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ in Seattle
Thelma. Courtesy of SF Studios Norway

‘Thelma’ Delivers a Scandinavian Version of the Devil You Know

The latest from Joachim Trier borrows liberally from its inspiration and finds its terror in the smaller moments.

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Falling in Love With ‘Jane’

Falling in Love With ‘Jane’

A fawning documentary gives us an uncritical look at a remarkable icon.

Falling in Love With ‘Jane’
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A Visual Marvel, ‘The Breadwinner’ Is a Little Too Heavy-Handed

The lessons in Cartoon Saloon’s latest are valuable ones, but the story suffers because of them.

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‘Three Billboards’ Dazzles With Dark Comedy and Deft Dialogue

With a well-crafted script and superior performances, the latest from director Martin McDonagh packs a punch.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Courtesy of Fox Searchlight
‘The Square’ Is Anything But

‘The Square’ Is Anything But

Funny, satirical, outrageous—director Ruben Östlund creates an arthouse roller-coaster ride.

‘The Square’ Is Anything But
Photo by Nicola Dove/Twentieth Century Fox                                Josh Gad, left, and Johnny Depp star in Murder on the Orient Express.

Kenneth Branagh Brings Some Fun to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

A starry cast, old-fashioned screenwriting, and a gigantic mustache make for a satisfying whodunit.

Photo by Nicola Dove/Twentieth Century Fox                                Josh Gad, left, and Johnny Depp star in Murder on the Orient Express.
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Weds Humor and the Hammer

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Weds Humor and the Hammer

The latest from Marvel injects its hero with much-needed levity.

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Weds Humor and the Hammer
Sparks Fly Amongst the Manure in ‘God’s Own Country’

Sparks Fly Amongst the Manure in ‘God’s Own Country’

Director Francis Lee takes viewer down to the farm for romance.

Sparks Fly Amongst the Manure in ‘God’s Own Country’
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‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Explores the Dark Side of Winnie-the-Pooh

The latest from Simon Curtis is a cautionary tale for the age of celebrity.

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The Truth and Beauty of ‘Human Flow’

The Truth and Beauty of ‘Human Flow’

Artist Ai Weiwei takes viewers to the borderlands for a bird’s-eye view of displacement

The Truth and Beauty of ‘Human Flow’
Vincent Van Animated

Vincent Van Animated

Made from nearly 10,000 oil paintings, the film’s form alone justifies its existence.

Vincent Van Animated
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Harry Dean Stanton’s Final Film, ‘Lucky,’ Finds Him Playing a Near-Facsimile of Himself

A fitting final showcase for one of the century’s greatest character actors.

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An Elegant 197 Minutes With the New York Public Library

Frederick Wiseman’s documentary Ex Libris lets the library speak for itself.

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