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November 8
Marisa Tomei, left, and Isabelle Huppert in “Frankie.”

'Frankie' has it all: Beautiful scenery, family drama and Isabelle Huppert 

"Frankie" presents a pleasantly depressed family dramedy with a gorgeous setting.
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November 7
In this sequel to the 1980 film “The Shining,” Ewan McGregor’s Dan Torrance, now aimless and alcoholic, is drawn back into a world he thought he

'The Shining' sequel 'Dr. Sleep': Precisely two-thirds of it is good 

Starring Ewan McGregor, the film works, to a point.
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November 7
Artist Lee Mingwei is among those featured in “Gift.”

Unorthodox documentary 'Gift' asks: What is the value of art? 

Documentary asks a provocative question.
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November 7
Emilia Clarke plays a Christmas-store elf whose life is a bit of a mess.

'Last Christmas' an enjoyable holiday movie with big stars and a big budget 

The delightful "Last Christmas" has a Hallmark-Lifetime holiday movie vibe, but with bigger stars and a bigger budget.
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November 7
Nick Jonas as Bruno Gaido in “Midway.”

Nostalgic 'Midway' gives its heroes short shrift through information overload 

The sheer amount of detail "Midway" tries to convey comes at the cost of its narrative impact.
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October 31
Mackenzie Davis and Linda Hamilton in “Terminator: Dark Fate.”

'Terminator: Dark Fate' is best thing to happen to the franchise since 'Judgment Day' 

In "Dark Fate," Linda Hamilton saves the world, and a franchise is lifted out of mediocrity.
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October 31
4130_D002_00630_RCynthia Erivo stars as Harriet Tubman in HARRIET, a Focus Features release.Credit: Glen Wilson / Focus Features

Biopic of Harriet Tubman is flawed, but star Cynthia Erivo is excellent

Cynthia Erivo's forthright performance as Harriet is the movie's biggest asset.
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October 31
Edward Norton and Willem Dafoe in "Motherless Brooklyn."

'By the Grace of God' explores the church's unimaginable betrayal of child victims of sexual abuse 

"By the Grace of God" is a devastating work about survivors of sexual abuse.
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October 31
Roman Griffin Davis, Taika Waititi and Scarlett Johansson in “Jojo Rabbit.”

Satire 'Jojo Rabbit' at its best making Nazis, and Hitler, the joke 

"JoJo Rabbit" offers Hitler as a boy's make-believe companion.
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October 31
Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Edward Norton in “Motherless Brooklyn.” GLEN WILSON • Warner Bros.

Edward Norton loosely adapts beloved novel 'Motherless Brooklyn'

Edward Norton's detective character in "Motherless Brooklyn" has a way with words — and with clues.
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October 25
Jo Yeo-jeong in “Parasite.”

Class warfare is on full display in provocative 'Parasite' 

The South Korean thriller 'Parasite' is provocative, suspenseful — and often hilarious.
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October 24

Boss taps middle-of-the-road composers in middlin' new concert film

Album reviews: Tool, King Princess and Jon Regen
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October 24
Williem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in “The Lighthouse.”

Get ready to be creeped out, and puzzled, by latest Robert Pattinson drama 

Robert Pattinson makes another offbeat choice with challenging black-and-white drama.
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October 24
Naomie Harris and Tyrese Gibson in “Black and Blue.”

'Black and Blue' a bruising police thriller 

"Black and Blue" is a lean, mean corrupt-cop thriller.
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October 24
Benedict Cumberbatch (center right) as Thomas Edison in “The Current War.”

'Current War' offers lots of electricity, but no great spark 

The dazzling filmmaking in "Current War" isn't enough to hide the story's Wikipedia-esque feel.
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October 17
Antonio Banderas, left, and Julieta Serrano in a scene from “Pain and Glory.”

Antonio Banderas stars in Spanish director's 'brilliant' return to form 

Pedro Almodóvar's "Pain and Glory" plays almost like an explanation/apology for why his last couple of movies sucked.
October 17
Hassan Fazili, left, and his wife, filmmaker Fatima Hussaini, with their daughters, Nargis and Zahra, in “Midnight Traveler.”

'Midnight Traveler' depicts one family's true and harrowing escape from Afghanistan 

"Midnight Traveler" documents a family involuntarily fleeing Afghanistan.
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October 17

Four stars for a cancer documentary? Yes, 'Jim Allison: Breakthrough' is that good 

Jim Allison may not look the part of a superman. But by the end of this documentary, he will have audiences wanting to join the fan club and get the T-shirt.
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October 17
From left, Abigail Breslin, Rosario Dawson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson in “Zombieland: Double Tap.”

'Zombieland: Double Tap' brings its outdated shtick back from the dead 

"Zombieland" imagines a world where the past decade never happened.
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October 10
Will Smith stars in the Ang Lee film “Gemini Man.”

Will Smith acts opposite a fake-looking, de-aged version of himself in 'Gemini Man' 

In brightly lit scenes, it looks like 51-year-old Smith is acting in a scene with his dead-eyed video game avatar.
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