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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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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.
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McCarthy Makes Forgery Feel Authentic in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

This biopic of fledgling author and notorious celebrity forger Lee Israel is also a nostalgic tribute to a bygone literary age.
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Have a Good Time Watching Bad Times at the El Royale

This pulpy crime drama feels fresh and invigorating as it intricately weaves together tales of a half-dozen strangers who converge on a stormy night in Lake Tahoe.
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Sibling Rivalry: How The Sisters Brothers Smartly Defies Western Stereotypes

Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly develop a convincing rapport in this stylish examination of cutthroat loyalty, rugged masculinity, and the American dream.
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As a Quadriplegic Artist, Phoenix Finds Sympathy in a Roughly Drawn Character

Alternately depressing and optimistic, Gus Van Sant's offbeat character study examines the perils of alcoholism and the struggle for a fresh start.
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How the Stylish Heist Flick American Animals Avoids Doing Everything By the Book

This breezy and suspenseful thriller blends fact and fiction in chronicling an elaborate 2004 robbery at the library of Kentucky’s Transylvania University.
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Theron’s Maternal Instincts Drive Heartfelt Comedy Tully

The third collaboration between director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody is a sharply observed tribute to motherhood with a playfully acerbic edge.
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The Reason Black Panther Saves the Day Is Not What You Might Think

This smart and sophisticated origin story succeeds because it subversively breaks the mold and stands out rather than becoming a link in a chain.
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Oldman Provides a Fresh Perspective on Churchill and History in Darkest Hour

This biopic of Churchill navigating his first few months in office features a sensational performance by Gary Oldman and some evocative period re-creation.
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