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The Cured

For his debut feature film, writer/director David Freyne has come up with the best kind of premise, the sort of thing that’s so irresistible in its simplicity that people who didn’t think of it get annoyed that they didn’t think of it. (That’s the thing about such irresistibly simple ideas—they’re actually not easy to come…

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Travel the Culinary World with Netflix’s “Ugly Delicious”

If there’s one piece of advice I can offer to those about to dive into “Ugly Delicious,” the frustrating but mostly winning new Netflix documentary series from Morgan Neville (“20 Feet From Stardom”), Momofuku chef David Chang, and food writer Peter Meehan, it’s this: don’t watch while hungry. The greatest constant between these eight episodes…

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Annihilation

Alex Garland’s visionary, unsettling “Annihilation” doesn’t fall into the same neat categories as so many recent films in what has been a sci-fi genre boom of late. Whether it’s the big films like “Blade Runner 2049” or the Netflix ones like “Mute” and “The Cloverfield Paradox,” sci-fi is everywhere in the late ‘10s, with most…

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Looking with Loving Eyes: Sally Potter on “The Party”

Sally Potter made a splash with “Orlando,” an adaptation of a Virginia Woolf novel starring a then-unknown Tilda Swinton. Orlando is an immortal, living for centuries and even switching genders along the way. The film is a sly portrayal of how nations, attitudes, and personalities develop, or sometimes stay the same. Since then, Potter’s films…

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Berlin 2018: “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” “Optimism,” “L. Cohen”

Drink is good, drunks are not; there’s much more to wrestle with than this in Gus Van Sant’s new film, but it’s a decent starting point. “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”—in competition at this year’s Berlinale after premiering at Sundance last month—is a curious adaptation of the same-name autobiography by John Callahan…

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Greta Gerwig Joins Short Legacy of Female Best Director Nominees

In its 90th year of celebrating the best in cinema, the Oscars widened its embrace and chose to go beyond business as usual when deciding which talents made the cut as nominees for 2017 films. Not only does “A Fantastic Woman”—Chile’s entry in the foreign-language category—showcase mesmerizing trans actress Daniela Vega in almost every scene. But…

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