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Reviews of new movies, classic and art films, foreign films, and popular movies. Featuring Bob Mondello, Kenneth Turan, David Edelstein, and Mark Jenkins.

Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:34:00 -0400

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City Planning As A Contact Sport In 'Citizen Jane: Battle For The City'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:34:00 -0400

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City is a documentary about Jane Jacobs, whose 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities changed urban planning.

'Quiet Passion' Captures The Wit And Vulnerability Of Poet Emily Dickinson

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:24:00 -0400

British filmmaker Terence Davies turns his attention to the gifted New England poet in his new movie. Critic Justin Chang calls the film a "sharp, sensitive portrait" of a woman ahead of her time.

A Flighty French Farce (Avec Flesh-Eating): 'Slack Bay'

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:00:29 -0400

Bruno Dumont's histrionic if not particularly hysterical comedy pits rich against poor in a picturesque seaside town; the film's leisurely paced slapstick is "more intriguing than involving."

Amid Mass Slaughter, A Love Triangle Takes Shape In 'The Promise'

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:00:29 -0400

Director Terry George's historical drama about three people swept up in the 1915 massacre of Armenians lacks subtlety and sophistication, but features powerful, visceral imagery.

'Jeremiah Tower': A Reclusive Celebrity Chef, Under Glass

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:00:29 -0400

This unexceptional documentary about an exceptional chef — the chief innovator of California cuisine — dutifully traces his rise and self-imposed exile, but leaves the viewer hungry.

A Gleefully Grisly 85-Minute Gunfight: 'Free Fire'

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:00:00 -0400

This "agreeably amoral comic thriller" about a weapons deal gone wrong might be, according to critic Chris Klimek, "the most realistic movie gun battle ever."

An Insignificant Hustler Yearns To Be A Big-Time Operator In The Ironic 'Norman'

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:12:51 -0400

Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar centers his new movie on a wannabe dealmaker, played by Richard Gere. Critic John Powers calls Norman a mordantly funny drama with a "dazzlingly revelatory" ending.

Movie Review: Richard Gere Plays A Scheming New York Fixer In 'Norman'

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:45:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews a new Richard Gere film for which the title seems to say it all. It's called Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.

An Amazon Adventurer Is Weighed Down By Family Ties In 'Lost City of Z'

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:36:00 -0400

An English explorer searches for the remains of a supposed rain forest metropolis in James Gray's new film. Critic David Edelstein says The Lost City Of Z will "pull you in and along."

An Adventurer Seeks 'The Lost City Of Z' — And Finds Himself

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:00:26 -0400

In director James Gray's rapturously realized historical drama, an explorer's obsession with finding a remote Amazonian civilization causes him to question his place in the world.

'A Quiet Passion' Dazzles Gradually

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:00:26 -0400

Filmmaker Terence Davies has found his ideal subject with this Emily Dickinson biopic, and a fiery performance by Cynthia Nixon challenges notions of the poet as a dour recluse.

'The Fate Of The Furious' Runs On Diesel Fumes

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:00:00 -0400

This "bloated and listless" installment of the Furious franchise stays true to the series' "chop-shop aesthetic, in the sense that its flashiest parts are all stolen," says critic Chris Klimek.

In 'My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea,' The Strife's Aquatic

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:00:00 -0400

Comics creator Dash Shaw's animated, deadpan-absurdist take on the high-school movie genre is boldly experimental and darkly funny.

Richard Gere Is A One-Man Social Network In 'Norman'

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:00:25 -0400

Critic Mark Jenkins calls Joseph Cedar's tale of a cipher (Richard Gere) who finds himself at the center of a web of personal and political machinations "intricate, rollicking and sometimes sad."

A Body-Switching Teen Romance Anime Disaster Flick With 'Your Name.' On It

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:03:36 -0400

Your Name. was the most popular film in the world for the first two months of 2017. Now, the deeply resonant body-switching anime comes to the U.S.