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The Hitman's Bodyguard

While no one is going to mistake The Hitman’s Bodyguard for high art, it will please those in the mood for late-summer fun.

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Patti Cake$

The sense of place and uniformly superb performances make it worth seeing, and maybe ultimately singing along with.

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"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Our writers share their memories of the late, great Jerry Lewis.

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“Madden NFL 18” Expands League to Include Cinematic Storytelling

A review of EA Sports' "Madden NFL 18," focusing on its breakthrough new cinematic story mode, "Longshot."

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Writer/director Michael Almereyda on adapting the sci-fi play "Marjorie Prime" for his latest idiosyncratic project.

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The Third Course: Michael Winterbottom on "The Trip to Spain"

An interview with director Michael Winterbottom about "The Trip to Spain," the third installment in his food trilogy.

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Jeanne Moreau and the Art of Refusal

An ode to the late Jeanne Moreau.

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Original Flow: Danielle MacDonald and Geremy Jasper on "Patti Cake$"

The director and star of "Patti Cake$" talk about New Jersey accents, rapping, acting advice and more.

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The Running Men: Benny & Joshua Safdie on "Good Time"

An interview with director duo Benny and Joshua Safdie about their latest gritty New York story, "Good Time."

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