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‘Kill It and Leave This Town’ Review: Grotesque, Bleak and Endless

It’s difficult to describe the Polish artist Mariusz Wilczynski’s debut film, “Kill It and Leave This Town,” because the animated feature — plotless, gloomy and surreal — is more a direct translation of feelings and sensations than a traditional work of storytelling. There is truly nothing traditional about “Kill It,” in which the filmmaker reflects […]

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‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Review: I Remember Mamaw

Early in “Hillbilly Elegy,” Ron Howard’s adaptation of J.D. Vance’s best-selling memoir, J.D. (Gabriel Basso), a Yale law student, attends a fancy dinner with representatives from top firms who are scouting young legal talent. Bewildered at the silverware arrayed around his plate — so many forks! — he calls his girlfriend, Usha (Freida Pinto), a […]

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Sharon Stone Was Conned Into Her 'Basic Instinct' Flashing Scene

Sharon Stone is an award-winning actress and model, who rose to fame for playing a villain in the erotic thriller Basic Instinct. Stone has appeared in everything from westerns to romantic comedies. Most recently, Stone appeared in the Ryan Murphy-helmed Netflix series Ratched, opposite Sarah Paulson. Still, many remember Stone best for her role in […]

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‘Embattled’ Review: Hitting Back

A testosterone substitute in drama form, “Embattled” practically peacocks onto the screen. The camera starts on its side and rotates upright (big, unconventional shot, suckers!). It then tracks Cash Boykins (Stephen Dorff), a mixed martial arts fighter, as he saunters cage-ward for his latest match. In his first lines, Cash banters about how well-endowed he […]

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‘The Twentieth Century’ Review: The Great Weird North

Matthew Rankin’s loony debut feature, “The Twentieth Century,” presents a feverish reimagining of turn-of-the-20th-century Canada. An exuberant feat of visual design, it’s meticulously weird and full of rambunctious humor. In Rankin’s lurid vision, the goody-two-shoes Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne) is groomed to be prime minister by his eccentric, shut-in mother (Louis Negin). King — the […]