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‘How It Ends’ Review: What, You Expected Us to Tell You?

In the apocalyptic comedy “How It Ends,” the Earth faces destruction by meteor at the end of the night. Here, the world ends not with a bang or a whimper, but with self-deprecating jokes and irreverent self-reflection. For her last hours before Earth’s expiration, Liza (Zoe Lister-Jones) wanders Los Angeles, visiting family, friends and lovers […]

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‘Mandibles’ Review: A Bug-Brained Affair

For Quentin Dupieux, the French writer and director behind “Rubber” (about a homicidal tire) and “Deerskin” (about a man possessed by a magical leather jacket), the most random and banal objects are cause for fantastically deranged intrigue. And no, these things aren’t bursting with layers of symbolic meaning. It’s their matter-of-fact simplicity that makes them […]

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Falling Back in Love With Cannes

CANNES, France — “May we now start?” I suspect the very moment the programming committee of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival heard the first song in Leos Carax’s “Annette” — an infectiously energetic, fourth-wall breaking overture that hits gonzo heights the movie never really reaches again — its destiny as the opening-night film was set. […]