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The Great Beauty

  • Rated as: 4/5

Paolo Sorrentino’s biting tale of an aging bon vivant feels like both a glorious throwback to old-school Italian cinema and a bold state-of-the-nation satire.
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Nebraska

  • Rated as: 3/5

This b&w road movie comes straight from the Midwestern division of the Lives of Quiet Desperation Department.
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The Best Man Holiday

  • Rated as: 3/5

This awkwardly titled sequel stakes an African-American claim on overused melodramatic territory.
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Thor: The Dark World

  • Rated as: 2/5

Worlds collide (but aren't rocked) in the latest Marvel epic with Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder.
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The Armstrong Lie

  • Rated as: 3/5

Lance Armstrong mostly maintains his post-scandal stance in Alex Gibney’s frustrating exposé, which could have been bolder.
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The Book Thief

  • Rated as: 2/5

This sumptuous, faintly unrealistic version of Markus Zusak’s best-seller bypasses wartime horror at every juncture.
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Great Expectations

  • Rated as: 3/5

Mike Newell’s grime-speckled take on the tale tries to fit too much of Dickens’s twisty plot into two overstuffed hours.
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The Wind Rises

  • Rated as: 3/5

Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki shifts gears with this historical biopic about an aviation engineer.
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Medora

  • Rated as: 3/5

The Medora High School basketball team doesn’t just lose—it loses every time, every year, by dozens of points.
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Ass Backwards

  • Rated as: 1/5

A rickety vehicle for post-Bridesmaids bad-girldom, the movie shows a thorough lack of affection.
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How I Live Now

  • Rated as: 3/5

In this nuclear nightmare, a family's brittle exchanges are interrupted by a quickly darkened sky and falling ash.
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Paris Countdown

  • Rated as: 2/5

Aging Parisian nightclub owners are jostled when a gangster they’d sent to jail returns to the City of Light.
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