New Movie Releases

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Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Corey Stoll, Parker Posey, Blake Lively

Cafe Society

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The Story: The Bronx-born son of a Jewish jeweler bounces between careers and romantic entanglements in 1930s Hollywood and New York while pining after The One That Got Away . The Lowdown: More Midnight in Paris than Blue Jasmine, Cafe Society is not the Woody Allen classic it could have been. But when it works, it works.
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Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Adam Devine, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Keke Palmer, Simon Pegg, Wanda Sykes, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Ice Age: Collision Course

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The Story: When acorn-addled squirrel Scrat initiates a potential apocalypse, Manny the mammoth and the rest of his herd set out to save the world. The Lowdown: How much do you love your kids? It must be a lot if you're willing to sit through this dreck to please them.
Starring: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Maria Bello, Billy Burke

Lights Out

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The Story: A creepy terror relegated to the shadows is stalking the family of a traumatized young woman. The Lowdown: A poorly scripted, dully acted horror film full of cheap scares and zero atmosphere.
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Starring: Ange Dargent, Theophile Baquet, Audrey Tautou, Diane Besnier

Microbe and Gasoline

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The Story: Two friends decide to run away from home and explore France in a homemade mobile home. The Lowdown: A gentle and intelligent tale of the confusion of young adulthood told with Gondry's signature heart and whimsy.
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Starring: Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb, Angela Rodriguez, Harry Jay Knowles, Tim League, John Rhys-Davies, Eli Roth, Diana Stompolos, Kurt Zala, Quinn Zala.

Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

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The Story: In 1988, three preteen friends started shooting a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark in their spare time. Thirty-five years later, they finally finished it. The Lowdown: Uplifting and inspiring, while still personal and sincere, Raiders! is a warts-and-all look at what it takes to realize a dream.
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Sofia Boutella, Idris Elba, Karl Urban

Star Trek Beyond

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The Story: The crew of the starship Enterprise find themselves stranded on a distant planet controlled by a violent maniac. The Lowdown: A glossy and occasionally fun summer action flick that suffers from a general incoherency and disposability.

Special Screenings This Week

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Starring: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray, Dorothee Blank, Michel Legrand

Cleo from 5 to 7

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This is the movie that placed Varda in the ranks of the New Wave filmmakers. Its concept is to follow the vapid title character, a pop singer, in faux real time (the title claims two hours, the film is 90 minutes) as she waits for a biopsy report she dreads. That’s it. But what matters…
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Starring: Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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On its initial release in 1945, New York Times critic Bosley Crowther panned Albert Lewin's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's notable novel on the grounds of the production's "mawkish pomposity" and glacial pacing. He's got a point, but things aren't as dire as he makes them sound. This Dorian Gray may not be perfect: Lewin's direction is somewhat overblown,…
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Starring: Kelly Curtis, Herbert Lom, Mariangela Giordano, Michael Adatte

The Sect

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Italian horror is a strange beast. Were I really pressed on the point, I’m not sure I could name a single Italian horror picture apart from Michele Soavi’s Cemetery Man (1994) that I’d call good in any normal sense of the word — and even that film isn’t the last word in logic or coherence. It is,…
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Starring: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George "Buck" Flower, Peter Jason

They Live

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Conceptually, They Live is probably John Carpenter's best film. Unfortunately, as is often the case with Carpenter, the concept is better than the execution. Of the "modern" horrormeisters, Carpenter has always been the lightweight. The closest he got to a theme seemed to be in Halloween, with its implicit message that girls who "fooled around" get offed by…