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  • Duck, You Sucker

    Duck, You Sucker

    ★★★½

    Sergio Leone’s 1971 farewell to the Western has always been considered a lesser work, and frankly, that’s not hard for a movie to be when it follows the Dollars trilogy and 'Once Upon a Time in the West.' But there’s a lot to recommend in this one, where the warfare is as much class-based as artillery-centered, as a Mexican bandit (played by Rod Steiger, which is … a choice) teams up with an Irish terrorist (James Coburn) to blow a…

  • Coco

    Coco

    ★★★★½

    Pixar’s latest is one of their best, and a welcome reprieve from a run of duds and sequels. Charming and heartfelt, it concerns a young man’s quest to become a musician – a journey that takes him across nothing less than the divide between the living and the dead (don’t worry, it’s on the Day of the Dead, so it’s less scary than it sounds), and to the truth about a family he’s never really known. The animation is inventive, the songs are lively, the protagonist is adorable, and its closing passages vibrate with earned emotion and honest poignancy. It’s a real treat.

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  • Mistress America

    Mistress America

    ★★★★½

    “In one instant, her behaviors turned from charming to borderline psychotic.” So notes Tracy (Kirke) of Brooke (Gerwig), the title character of Noah Baumbach’s latest chronicle of the bohemian facades and generational navigation in New York City. Free of much of the cynicism but none of the bite of last spring’s 'While We’re Young,' Baumbach and co-writer Gerwig’s screwball treat beautifully captures the way a slightly older, seemingly together mentor-type figure can first seem to be everything you hope to…

  • The Disaster Artist

    The Disaster Artist

    ★★★★

    Here’s a weird thing that happened: a sold-out SXSW audience saw a “work in progress” cut of 'The Disaster Artist', James Franco’s film adaptation of Greg Sestero’s first-person account of the making of Tommy Wiseau’s legendarily bad movie 'The Room.' And it’s a very funny film about a very weird and untalented dude, and we all had a great many laughs at the expense of this guy and his terrible film. But we were also watching it with Mr. Wiseau…