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‘Going in Style’ Without Substance

Michael Caine is old. “Going in Style” establishes this helpful information early.

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‘Fate of the Furious’ Less Than the Sum of Its Parts

The film should have ended there. This opening sequence was spectacular. It took practically all of the franchise’s standout features—vibrant urban scenes, beautiful cars, thrilling race footage—and compressed them into a simple but outstanding ten minutes. And unlike the rest of the film, it was actually about car racing.

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Portrait of an Artist: Lisandro Alonso

Lisandro Alonso is an Argentine filmmaker who first gained international recognition in 2001 with his debut film “La Libertad,” and whose last work, “Jauja,” won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2014 Cannes film festival. He is currently a research fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Crimson sat down with Alonso to discuss his thought-provoking body of work.

Jean-Michel Frodon
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Jean-Michel Frodon

Jean-Michel Frodon
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In Focus: Jean-Michel Frodon

Jean-Michel Billard, better known by his Frodo Baggins-inspired penname Jean-Michel Frodon, started his career as a journalist and film critic in France in the early ’80s. Between 2003 and 2009, he was the chief editor of “Cahiers du Cinema,” the oldest film magazine in publication and one of the most influential ones in the world.

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'Prevenge' Slashes Taboos, Throats

Ruth, the protagonist, is being guided in her rampage by her unborn daughter. The mastermind behind her killing spree is a surprisingly articulate fetus.

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‘Colossal’ Monstrously Mediocre

"Colossal" tells the story of Gloria (Anne Hathaway, whose bangs get progressively frizzier), an alcoholic, thirty-something human tornado residing in her boyfriend’s apartment. Her life is as messy as it is glamorous: She has friends named “Oasis” and parties at the Loft until sunrise.

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'Power Rangers' an Unexpected Gem

The newest installment of the “Power Rangers” franchise is set up for disappointment, but it actually delivers.

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‘Song to Song’ Familiar and Overlong

Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song” opens with what seems like a trailer for the rest of the film, yet the two hours that follow introduce little more in narrative content or character development.

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‘The Boss Baby’ Annoyingly Weak

Although the film starts on a relatively promising note, it never becomes as smart as it wishes to be, and dumbs down into an unintentionally silly ride with a ridiculous plot and feeble attempts at humor that will only appeal to the most immature of kids.

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‘Life’ a Frightening Look at Alien Discovery Gone Wrong

Calvin is a pulsating and terrifying Martian-octopus. He comes to life aboard the International Space Station, after scientist Hugh Derry (Arion Bakare) nurses the beast from a suspended flagellum to a virtually invincible, shockingly bloodthirsty beast.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Dry, Disappointing

Disney has no business bragging about its first openly gay character or its first “gay moment.”

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Life

Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal pose with director Daniel Espinosa at the premiere of their new film Life during SXSW.

Ryan Reynolds
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Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds at the premiere of his new movie Life.

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ a Roaring Spectacle

​If “Kong: Skull Island” is indebted little to its cinematic predecessors in the Kong mythology, it is likely because the film is hardly indebted to cinema at all.