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V.25 No.48 | 12/1/2016
Moana

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Moana

Disney sets sail in the South Seas with a mythical new toon

Moana's got everything you love about Disney animated movies, but for all the tradition, this one’s playful about its roots, poking fun at Disney’s endless princess franchise.
V.25 No.46 | 11/17/2016
Pussy Riot

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A Street Cat Named Bob

Felines and heroin make for an odd mix in feel-good British drama

Felines and heroin make for an odd mix in this feel-good British drama.
V.25 No.45 | 11/10/2016
Moonlight

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Moonlight

Somber, poetic look at inner-city manhood ponders multiple questions of identity

Alternately easygoing and hard-hitting, Moonlight is a poignant and ultimately hopeful look at what it means—and what it takes—to be a man in modern-day America.
V.25 No.44 | 11/3/2016
Certain Women

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Certain Women

Kelly Reichardt gets quiet in Montana with an incredible cast

Indie film storyteller Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff) offers up another of her slow, contemplative character studies in the minimalist, female-centric drama Certain Women.

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V.25 No.42 | 10/20/2016
Long Way North

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Long Way North

Old-fashioned adventure yarn is an animated delight

The old-fashioned adventure yarn, Long Way North, is an animated delight, writes Alibi film critic Devin O’Leary.
V.25 No.41 | 10/13/2016
We Are Young. We Are Strong.

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We Are Young. We Are Strong.

German drama about immigration and xenophobia hits home

German drama about immigration and xenophobia hits home.
V.25 No.40 | 10/6/2016
Godzilla

Film Review

Shin Godzilla (Godzilla: Resurgence)

Godzilla raids again in muscular Japanese reboot

Godzilla raids again in a muscular Japanese reboot.
V.25 No.39 | 9/29/2016
Queen of Katwe

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Queen of Katwe

Unfamiliar setting and offbeat subject make this sporting drama better than much of its competition

An unfamiliar setting and offbeat subject make this sporting drama better than much of its competition.
V.25 No.38 | 9/22/2016
Max Rose

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Max Rose

Sad drama about death and regret adds a modest capper to its star’s long career

Sad drama about death and regret adds a modest capper to its star’s long career.
V.25 No.37 | 9/15/2016
“No. I have never played Pokémon GO.”

Film Review

Snowden

Oliver Stone’s high-tech muckraker makes a solid, one-sided argument

Stone’s film is more or less a dramatization of Laura Poitras’ documentary/interview Citizenfour, but Stone fails to remember that uncertainty is the key to suspense.
V.25 No.36 | 9/8/2016
Adam and Leonard Nimoy

Film Review

For the Love of Spock

Touching documentary delves into father/son relationship behind famous sci-fi series

Touching documentary delves into father/son relationship behind famous sci-fi series.
V.25 No.35 | 9/1/2016
The Light Between Oceans

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The Light Between Oceans

Tragedy-tinged historical romance floods the ocean with tears

Tragedy-tinged historical romance floods the ocean with tears.
V.25 No.34 | 8/25/2016
Don't Think Twice

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Don’t Think Twice

Tragedy is easy, comedy is hard in Mike Birbiglia’s self-reflexive look at the humor industry

Tragedy is easy, comedy is hard in Mike Birbiglia’s self-reflexive look at the humor industry.
V.25 No.33 | 8/18/2016
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

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Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Werner Hezog stares into the abyss of the World Wide Web

The notoriously existential Werner Herzog ruminates on the technology and philosophy of the internet.
V.25 No.31 | 8/4/2016
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit this ain’t.

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The Innocents

Knocked-up nuns make for a thorny historical drama

Knocked-up nuns make for a thorny historical drama in Anne Fontaine’s new film The Innocents.

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