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‘Last Days in Vietnam’: Understanding, insight into dark chapter in U.S. history

‘Last Days in Vietnam’: Understanding, insight into dark chapter in U.S. history

What Rory Kennedy has rendered is so subtle and poignant that it sneakily stays with you – the true test of an effective documentary.

‘Tusk’: Kevin Smith changes things up, and his podcaster hero bears the brunt

‘Tusk’: Kevin Smith changes things up, and his podcaster hero bears the brunt

The latest from Kevin Smith signals something of a return to form and a bit of a surprise – a hefty slab of comedy atop a serial killer thread that alleges to be based on “actual events.”

‘Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears’: High-order perversity at The Brattle

‘Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears’: High-order perversity at The Brattle

From its enigmatic title to the startling open sequence to the psycho-sexual implications of its bizarre finale, this is a kind of shocker that’s all but vanished from U.S. screens.

‘Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them’ couple torn apart in film stitched together

‘Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them’ couple torn apart in film stitched together

What could have been a maudlin, Hallmark exercise instead is a haunting slow burn of an elusive woman at a crossroads after tragedy.

‘The Congress’: Identity, politics of film get literal new look from ‘Bashir’ creator

‘The Congress’: Identity, politics of film get literal new look from ‘Bashir’ creator

We know of Robyn Wright from “The Princess Bride” and “Forrest Gump,” but her career never quite took off. “The Congress” changes that uniquely.

‘Life of Crime’: Leonard’s ‘Jackie Brown’ crew back at shenanigans, for lesser haul

‘Life of Crime’: Leonard’s ‘Jackie Brown’ crew back at shenanigans, for lesser haul

“Crime” is enjoyable enough, but it’s more an appetizer than a meal that will make you wanting a second helping of “Jackie Brown” or “Out of Sight.”

‘November Man’: Plenty of plots muddle, but post-007 Brosnan still the master spy

‘November Man’: Plenty of plots muddle, but post-007 Brosnan still the master spy

Brosnan carries this film gallantly with just the right amount of bravado and disdain, and his time as Bond and Thomas Crown goes a long way to help sell it.

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’: All the red in green-screen noir epic comes out white

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’: All the red in green-screen noir epic comes out white

If “Dame” wasn’t a sequel treading on the tail of “Sin City,” it might be the real deal. As is, it’s borrowing, embracing, but not necessarily furthering.

‘Expendables 3′: Bloated sequel shows they don’t make ‘em like they used to

‘Expendables 3′: Bloated sequel shows they don’t make ‘em like they used to

This film is overlong, with a script of macho twaddle, but little of that matters when the explosions take center stage and guns blaze, and some of the casting retains its charm.

Free ‘Raiders of Lost Ark’ is Wednesday, but rain might soak NorthPoint, cancel it

Free ‘Raiders of Lost Ark’ is Wednesday, but rain might soak NorthPoint, cancel it

The forecast Wednesday is for rain – but would a little rain put off Indiana Jones?

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