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The title character (voiced by Sam Rockwell) of the Disney+ movie 'The One and Only Ivan.'

‘The One and Only Ivan’ Review: Animals Are People, Too

With Sam Rockwell voicing the title role of a 400-pound silverback gorilla and fellow Oscar winner Angelina Jolie joining the fun as an elephant named Stella, this CGI/live-action combo sounds like a raucous good time for kids of all ages. Right? Only it isn’t raucous…not really. Based on Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Medal-winning 2013 novel, with …

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The One And Only Ivan review – Disney’s painting gorilla movie lacks colour | Film

There’s a late summer laze to Disney’s third-tier kids film The One and Only Ivan, one of their rare live-action offerings that isn’t yet another unnecessary remake of an animated hit. It’s a true story that inspired a much-loved novel which in turn became, briefly, a hot property in Hollywood with Mike Newell attached to …

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Trai Byers, center, in 'The 24th.'

‘The 24th’ Review: Revisiting a Riot, and a Historical Racial Injustice

On the evening of August 23rd, 1917, while American boys fought next to their brethren overseas, a group of soldiers marched into the streets of Houston, Texas. They begun firing on locals, many of whom were officers of the law. By the time the sun rose the next morning, 11 civilians, five policeman and four …

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Wonders in the Suburbs review – charming genuine oddity of a film | Film

As an actor, Jeanne Balibar has done fine, intelligent work for decades with directors ranging from Jacques Rivette to Pedro Costa: I last saw her in Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables and this movie is set in the same Montfermeil district, partly among the high-rise blocks around which Ly sent his video-drone floating, although this film …

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Russell Crowe in 'Unhinged'

‘Unhinged’: Russell Crowe Has Road Rage — Are You Not Entertained? (No)

Known as the Russell Crowe road-rage movie, Unhinged hits theaters — or at least the ones that dare to open stateside — on August 21st. Is it worth going masked and still risk infection to sit in a poorly ventilated multiplex, no matter how socially distanced, to see Crowe play demolition derby in daytime traffic? …

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Burning Man: Art on Fire review – impressive behind-the-scenes glimpse | Documentary films

If the inhabitants of Mad Max ever managed a mini-break from the grimness of post-apocalyptic life to a festival, it might look a bit like Burning Man – the hippyish summer solstice celebration held every year in the Nevada desert. Gerald Fox’s documentary shows how organisers impressively erect a city for 70,000 people out of …

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Tenet review: Christopher Nolan’s thriller is a palindromic dud | Film

No wonder Christopher Nolan thinks Tenet can save cinema. That’s a doddle compared to the challenge faced in his film, which, we’re frequently reminded, is a proper whopper. Prevent world war three? Bigger. Avoid armageddon? Worse. To spell it out would be a spoiler, but think 9/11 times a hundred, to quote Team America: World …

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‘Peninsula’ Review: The First Rule of Zombie Club Is Run!

‘Peninsula’ Review: The First Rule of Zombie Club Is Run!

When the pandemic first hit, many flashed on “Contagion,” the 2011 thriller about a world-engulfing plague. Months later, zombie movies — which divide the world into crudely opposing camps — can seem more apt. In “Night of the Living Dead,” the 1968 George A. Romero film that set loose the zombie hordes, a man teases …

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‘The Crimes That Bind’ Review: A Mother’s Trying Times

‘The Crimes That Bind’ Review: A Mother’s Trying Times

Returning to the melodramatic gold mine of the wonky parent-child dynamic, the Argentine director Sebastián Schindel follows last year’s “The Son” with another Netflix picture, “The Crimes That Bind.” Claiming roots in a true story, his screenplay (written with Pablo del Teso) once again features a disturbing pregnancy and parents willing to do anything to …

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