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New movie reviews: Critics' picks

Stray Dogs

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

From greatest-hits package to pure greatness: Taiwan’s Tsai Ming-liang returns to familiar territory, or so it initially seems.

Last Days In Vietnam

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

The endgame to the Vietnam War, tinged with guilt and panic, is well explored in Rory Kennedy’s tense documentary, which sifts through the chaotic mess left behind in Saigon.

The Congress

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Robin Wright plays herself (in both human and animated form) in this thrillingly ambitious fantasy from Waltz with Bashir director Ari Folman.

The Conformist

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Bernardo Bertolucci's achingly perfect bold stroke predicted the entire inward sweep of the 1970s.

Love Is Strange

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Playing a longtime New York couple suddenly without a home, Alfred Molina and John Lithgow commit to one of the year’s best dramas, a story of ill-fated unraveling.

To Be Takei

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

You know him as Star Trek’s Sulu—and one of Facebook’s finest practical jokers. But George Takei has an incredible life story, always toward a higher state of selfhood.

The Trip to Italy

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

If you want dueling Michael Caine impressions, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back, in an enjoyably tart-tongued sequel to 2010’s The Trip that ups the middle-age malaise.

Abuse of Weakness

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

French provocateur Catherine Breillat delves into her own history with a scam artist in her difficult but rewarding latest.

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New movie releases

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

  • Rated as: 3/5

The shortened version of a ambitious directorial debut is a garden-variety love story bogged down by clunky, Hallmark dialogue.

The Drop

  • Rated as: 3/5

A dingy-looking Brooklyn crime drama features fine work from Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini, but putters along dozily.

The Skeleton Twins

  • Rated as: 3/5

Two ex–TV stars get a pair of roles that allow them to stretch into unexplored dramatic territory.

Take Me To The River

  • Rated as: 3/5

It’s an absolute love-fest in this entertainingly skin-deep doc about the Memphis music scene, specifically the iconic Stax Records.

The Green Prince

  • Rated as: 3/5

The Israel-Palestine conflict is reduced to a crystalline, complicated essence in an alternately tedious and engrossing doc.

God Help the Girl

  • Rated as: 3/5

Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch’s directing debut is a veritable Twee Pride Parade.

Frontera

  • Rated as: 3/5

Ed Harris is a performer made for Westerns, and he’s perfectly utilized in this middling modern-day oater.

Wetlands

  • Rated as: 3/5

This adaptation of Charlotte Roche’s 2008 best-seller is a dare to anyone who thinks the movies have gotten too tame.

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