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David Dillon’s ‘Why Is Dallas Architecture So Bad?’ Still Resonates Today

A new anthology of David Dillon’s architectural criticism brings us lessons from the past and present. Plus, a book from a literary agent-turned author.
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Why Peter Jackson’s New WWI Documentary Is Such a Vital Cinematic Document

It's a monumental achievement in film preservation and a powerful tribute to the courage and camaraderie of those along the front lines during the Great War.
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Gone Fishing: McConaughey Does McConaughey Things in Loopy Thriller Serenity

Despite some committed work from everyone's favorite Texas Longhorn fan, this saga of betrayal, revenge, PTSD, and deep-sea fishing struggles to stay afloat.
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B

Coogan and Reilly Turn Stan and Ollie Into a Playfully Nostalgic Salute

Benefiting from a pair of superb performances, the film functions best as an affectionate tribute to the legendary comedy duo.
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C

Pardon My French: Why The Upside Is a Real Downer

This remake takes some crowd-pleasing source material and waters it down into a shallow redemption saga that feels more manipulative than life-affirming.

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Bale Shoots and Scores as Dick Cheney in Political Satire Vice

Director Adam McKay's audacity doesn’t always pay off, but it effectively preaches to the choir in its proudly unflattering portrayal of George W. Bush’s vice president.
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B

Roberts Makes a Powerful Plea for Holiday Healing in Ben Is Back

This uneven yet heartfelt glimpse into the psychology of teenage drug addiction benefits from strong performances and a worthwhile message of parental love.
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Why You Can Still Love Mary Poppins But Not Mary Poppins Returns

Despite plenty of nostalgic charm, with such bland songs and formulaic storytelling, this breezy follow-up seems driven more by commercial than creative means.
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Despite the Eye Candy, the Future Isn’t Very Bright in Mortal Engines

A feast for the eyes if not necessarily the brain, this adaptation of a dystopian novel finds its narrative substance overwhelmed by visual spectacle.
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Ronan, Robbie Play a Stylish Game of Thrones in Mary Queen of Scots

This 16th century biopic admirably shows restraint by dialing down the melodrama in favor of a character-driven examination of a royal power struggle.