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Blade Runner 2049

My college philosophy professor began his first class by asking his students how we knew we weren’t just heads floating in a jar. We all chimed in, “Of course we’re not heads in a jar! We’re alive, we have memories, all sorts of physical proof and, c’mon, that’s just stupid!” My professor calmly retorted, “Can…

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American Made

The ability to board your own aircraft, operate it with the ease of an automobile and go wherever you want, whenever you want and over vast fields and towns below, is just so cool. It’s one thing to be a passenger who enjoys looking out the window and actually enjoys air travel (especially now, when…

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is a special kind of terrible, the sort of bad movie you watch with your jaw agape as your brain melts out of your ears. If that sounds painful, just try sitting through this 141-minute endurance test. Taron Egerton returns as Eggsy, the streetwise teen-turned-super-spy who works for Kingsman,…

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Mother!

In Darren Aronofsky’s ferocious but fatally chaotic “Mother!,” Jennifer Lawrence stars as the young wife of a would-be author (played by Javier Bardem) experiencing writer’s block. The arrival of unannounced guests (played by Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) intrudes upon the quiet of the couple’s country home, which they’re in the process of renovating. A…

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IT

Following decades of being remembered as a massive paperback staple and a well-remembered televised mini-series, Stephen King’s “It” has finally been made into a proper, R-rated motion picture. Although the setting is now the 1980’s and portions of the novel dealing with the child protagonists as adults has been tossed, this adaptation is faithful, intelligent…

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I Do…Until I Don’t

At the start of Lake Bell’s new comedy, “I Do…Until I Don’t,” a fierce, celebrated¬† documentary filmmaker named Vivian Prudeck (played by Dorothy Wells) is giving a lecture on the notion of matrimony. During her presentation, we see a montage of wedding footage. Prudeck declares (in the film’s opening lines): “For life…no one wants anything…

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Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh’s new comedy stars Channing Tatum as Jimmy Logan, a lifelong underachiever who decides to perform a heist during a NASCAR event. Jimmy enlists the aid of unlikely cohorts, including his brother Clyde (played by Adam Driver), a local bartender and amputee. There’s also the incarcerated Joe Bang (played by Daniel Craig) and a…

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In This Corner of the World

Sunao Katabuchi’s “In This Corner of the World” centers on Suzo Urano, a teenage girl growing up in the small Japanese town of Kure in 1933. When Suzo is married to a soldier named Shusaku (in a union arranged by her family), she moves to Hiroshima. Since Suzo’s husband is a soldier and barely present,…

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Annabelle: Creation

A happy couple (played by Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto) find their lives forever changed when their daughter, Annabelle, dies a horrible, violent death. Twelve years pass and the late Annabelle’s parents have converted their home into an orphanage. It houses a cluster of girls, including Linda, the youngest (played by Lulu Wilson) and her…

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Detroit

Katherine Bigelow’s “Detroit” begins with a striking but overreaching animated sequence, setting up a historical illustration of racism in this country and how it trickled into Michigan. Whereas the sprawling “O.J. Made in America” carefully and vividly established the troubling racial history building around (and spun off of) its central story, “Detroit” doesn’t create as…

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