New movie reviews: Critics' picks

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Grey Gardens

Among the strangest real-life family dramas ever captured, a classic dysfunction doc is back onscreen

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Chappie

After the out-of-nowhere sucker punch of his 2009 debut District 9, Neill Blomkamp’s second film, 2013’s Elysium, felt like the work of a Hollywood-designed, blockbuster-producing robot: slick and anonymous. So it’s a huge relief to discover that, with Chappie, the South African filmmaker has re-engaged his emotion chip and ramped up the weirdness factor for a lovably scattershot cybernetic satire.

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Faults

If he weren’t a published expert at talking people out of cults, Ansel (Leland Orser) would be an obvious candidate for joining one. The beaten and bedraggled subject of Riley Stearns's mordantly funny first feature, he roams the jaundiced purgatory of Southern California, leveraging sparsely attended seminars to hawk his terrible new book about the virtues of free will.

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Buzzard

A slamming indictment of ding-a-ling millennials, an Office Space–like screed against corporate monotony, a riotous inertia comedy: Joel Potrykus’s so-indie-it-burns latest could be all of those things, though there isn’t any pressing reason to choose. Built around a transfixingly dead-eyed performance by Joshua Burge, Buzzard makes a mockery of our need to engage with heroes, even massively flawed ones.

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Kes

Taking in school and home life in an area where nature meets the mining industry on the Yorkshire skyline, Ken Loach’s most enduring movie is the story of Billy Casper, a smart but wayward boy who, despite a quick mind and tongue, has a reputation as a rogue.

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Wild Canaries

A contemporary Cobble Hill riff on Manhattan Murder Mystery, Lawrence Michael Levine’s Wild Canaries may fly along a familiar path, but it’s sexier, smarter and a hell of a lot more fun.

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Timbuktu

Abderrahmane Sissako is today's leading director from Africa. His latest is a small-town terrorism thriller

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Still Alice

The rare film possessed with the courage required to shine a light into the abyss of Alzheimer's

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