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‘He Named Me Malala’ Film Review: Who’s Behind the Persona?

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim documents the public side of the world-famous Pakistani education crusader but gives us only fleeting glimpses of the real girl.

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‘Prophet’s Prey’ Film Review: This American Horror Story Is All Too Real

Amy Berg’s disturbing documentary on the Warren Jeffs polygamist sect zooms in on a story that oozes with archetypal evil.

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A Flawed ‘Black Mass’: Tale of a Rat, as Told by Rats

Director Scott Cooper’s film about Boston gangster “Whitey” Bulger shines in its casting but is shaded by earlier works from Martin Scorsese and others.

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‘A Walk in the Woods’ Is a Cinematic Walk in the Park

The pairing of Robert Redford and Nick Nolte is entertaining, family-friendly and perhaps just a wee bit too glib.

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‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ Gets Adolescent Sexuality Right

Few movies view sex from the perspective of a female teen; even fewer resist imposing the man-made double binds of silly virgin/stupid skank or hottie and nottie.

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In ‘Best of Enemies,’ Politics Becomes the Spectator Sport We’re Still Watching

The documentary spotlights the riveting 1968 exchanges between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley that set the bar for political TV and helped frame America’s culture wars.

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‘The Look of Silence’: Showing the Human Side of Genocide

What if the Nazis had won in World War II? That question represents one of the thematic forces that shape Joshua Oppenheimer’s quietly riveting new documentary about Indonesia’s 1965-66 tragedy.

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A ‘Trainwreck’ You Can Laugh At

Is the movie funny? Yes. Is it as mordant as the ruthlessly funny sketch show, “Inside Amy Schumer?”

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Maybe It’s Time to Terminate

“Terminator Genisys” is unnecessarily complicated by so many time twists and warps that even an ardent fan of the franchise must admit that its future is behind it.

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‘Inside Out’ Turns Pixar’s Usual Formula on Its Head

A female protagonist? And a focus on emotion? What’s going on here? Maybe the animation company has learned some life lessons.

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