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New movie reviews: Critics' picks

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.

Level Five

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Celebrating the work of France’s one-of-a-kind cine-diarist Chris Marker, BAM highlights the director’s 1997 curiosity, a heady swirl of computer games, WWII history and thoughtful sci-fi.

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

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.

Memphis

  • Rated as: 2/5

While atmospheric, Tim Sutton's abrasive and opaque artist-in-crisis story feels protracted at barely 80 minutes.

Last Weekend

  • Rated as: 3/5

This upper-crust melodrama takes plenty of stumbles, but it provides a strong showcase for the undervalued Patricia Clarkson.

Life of Crime

  • Rated as: 3/5

Elmore Leonard’s dialogue sparkles in a perfectly fine double-cross comedy that keeps things cooking.

The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears

  • Rated as: 3/5

Italy’s subgenre of giallo crime thrillers—loaded with killers in black gloves and a disco-lurid color palette—gets a loving throwback.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

  • Rated as: 2/5

Meaty fists connect with faces and guns explode like nukes, yet Robert Rodriguez’s action sequel never impresses.

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