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Amazon’s Psychological Thriller Chloe Is a Riveting Twist on the Scammer Show

Becky Green doesn’t want to be Becky Green anymore. And who could blame her? The protagonist of Chloe, now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, is a study in abjection. Played with protean inscrutability ..

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A Philosophical Mollusk Shares Insights on Life and Loneliness in Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

A gentle pleasure isn’t necessarily a flimsy one. The hero of the faux documentary Marcel the Shell With Shoes On is a diminutive mollusk shell with one eye, two legs and a deeply philosophical view o..

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We Need Beavis and Butt-Head More Than Ever. Thank Goodness They’re Back

The question swirling around Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe, Mike Judge’s movie-length resurrection of his mid-1990s MTV slacker sensation Beavis and Butt-Head, is “Can Beavis and Butt-Head stil..

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Maya Rudolph Deserves Better Than Loot‘s Toothless Billionaire Satire

Maya Rudolph is the kind of star you build a show around. A warm, charismatic performer who has jokingly described herself as a “2 3⁄4 threat,” the SNL alum has pipes that can belt out “Purple Rain” a..

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Snowflake Mountain Isn’t Just Pandering to Viewers on the Right. It’s Also Hinting at Where Netflix May Be Headed

Snowflake Mountain is, depending on your age, location, and political sympathies, either pandering to you or trolling you. Its bias is right there in the first word of the title, a favorite pejorative..

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Good Luck To You, Leo Grande Is the Perfect Movie For Anyone Who Feels Invisible

Older women’s bodies, not to mention their sexuality, are something no one wants to think or talk about, least of all older women themselves. What everyone tells you when you’re young eventually becom..

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Penélope Cruz Dazzles in the Sharp Showbiz Satire Official Competition

Penélope Cruz is a marvelous dramatic actor, but we don’t get enough chances to bask in the glow of her lustrous comic timing. She never clamps down on a line; her rhythms have the whirring lightness ..

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A New Father of the Bride Proves There’s Life Left in an Old Concept

Our ideas about marriage and marital roles have changed radically in the past 50 years, especially now that women are major players in the work force. What’s changed less is the notion of the wedding:..

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FX Thriller The Old Man Is an Ideal Showcase for Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow

Live long enough, and circumstances will force you to take stock of the big decisions you’ve made. Did they turn out how you’d expected? What did you sacrifice? Whom did you hurt, and was the pain you..

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Pixar’s Lightyear Offers an Overcomplicated Meta-Backstory for the Manliest Man in the Toybox

There are a million origin stories in the naked city, and in the toybox too. Now, whether we care or not, we get the backstory of Buzz Lightyear, the disarmingly full of himself he-man space explorer ..