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  • It's a given that any tribute to this outwardly fearless yet inwardly plagued showman -- who died from longtime drug and alcohol abuse in December 1997, at the age of 33 -- would brim with tenderness and remorse. But shrewder documentarians than...

  • Sometime in the 1980s Marlon Brando had his face digitized, presumably as a way of leaving just a bit more of himself after his departure from this planet. As we see it in Stevan Riley's documentary Listen to Me Marlon, that speaking,...

  • "This conversation is the best one I ever had," David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) tells us in The End of the Tour, and the movie, a pleasantly talky chamber piece, gives us welcome bursts of it. That long chat, with a David Foster Wallace...

  • It's been 32 years since the release of National Lampoon's Vacation, in which Chevy Chase, as dad Clark Griswold, packed his Griswold clan into what looked like a Country Squire from Hell and sought the family-bonding experienceTM by driving...

  • How much time would you like to spend in the company of benignly kooky hobbyists? That's the question to ask before committing to docu-commercial A Lego Brickumentary, a largely genial but frequently wearying feature-length toy ad. The film's...

  • At 53, Tom Cruise is past the retirement age of every James Bond except Roger Moore. Yet his 19-year-old Mission: Impossible series ticks on, counting down the seconds till its next explosion — and Cruise's Ethan Hunt is determined to unman his...

  • Even if you live in the same city or town your whole life, the place you came from is always a distant country: Old trees are cut down to be replaced, one hopes, by new ones; shops and businesses change ownership or, worse, are torn down;...

  • As Disconnect, Men, Women & Children, and other fictional films by thirtysomething white men try desperately to warn us, the internet keeps us from truly connecting with one another. Except for when it does, as in the uplifting documentary...

  • A group of dancers in sparkling 1920s garb gyrate on an extravagant stage, but the camera tracks back through a kitchen whose crowd of workers suggests not excitement but desperation. So begins Samba, an uneven tale of an undocumented...

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