Film

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But for a poetic film that is deeply literary — it starts with a Virginia Woolf quote after all — its visual style is a splendor.

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Where most films of the genre trade in bloody action and bountiful shots of brawny men shouting at each other, the final chapter in the “Apes” reboot trilogy is quiet. Contemplative even.

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We don’t see the radioactive spider or Uncle Ben. Instead, we watch Peter come to grips with his dual identity and learn to listen to his most heroic instincts, a theme that audiences young and old will be able to relate to.

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“Despicable Me 3” still has some funny moments. It relies on slapstick humor for the children and 80’s references for the parents.

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It's easy to imagine that in twenty years, “Baby Driver” will be remembered as one of the movies that spawned a new generation of cinephiles.

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By telling the story from the women’s perspective instead of Corporal McBurney’s (as did the 1971 version), Coppola pivots the implications of a source material which can be construed as misogynistic and demeaning towards women.

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Below average movies like “Office Christmas Party” and “The Hangover” sequels have dampened expectations for the sub-genre, but the recently released film “Rough Night” may have given the genre a small lifeline.

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It’s not even clear what the lesson kids are supposed to learn is. Do your best? Even if this wasn’t Pixar, possibly the best storytellers not just in animation but in cinema itself, that’s boilerplate and boring.

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Arteta’s film is a cathartic lampooning of the evidently dominant political ideology in America today, but the film doesn’t reach the heights of the best social satires.

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The film doesn’t even satisfy that of a simple action packed crowd-pleaser — it’s too stupid for that.