A scene from A Gay Girl in Damascus.
July 24, 2015 A new documentary looks at a blog ostensibly written by a Syrian woman that turned out to have an entirely different origin story.
July 24, 2015 A concentration camp survivor seeks a reunion with the husband who may have betrayed her in a new film set in post-war Berlin. Critic David Edelstein calls Phoenix a "morbidly romantic drama."
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Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in Trainwreck.
July 24, 2015 This week brings two summer movies into our field of vision: an unconventional romantic comedy and a shrunken (in the good way) superhero adventure.
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July 24, 2015 The Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition film critic, Kenneth Turan, reviews "Southpaw," a new movie about a boxing champion starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Antoine Fuqua.
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Ronald Zehrfeld (Johnny) and Nina Hoss (Nelly) in Christian Petzold's Phoenix.
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July 23, 2015 Director Christian Petzold sets his thrillers in critical periods of German history. Phoenix follows a concentration camp survivor returning to 1945 Berlin.
Rachel McAdams as Maureen Hope and Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope in Southpaw.
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July 23, 2015 In the story of a struggling boxer, Gyllenhaal undergoes a physical transformation that's more and more common for actors in a superhero-driven world.
Nat Wolff and Margo Cara Delevingne in Paper Towns.
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July 23, 2015 The film adaptation of YA superstar John Green's novel is an uneven but intermittently affecting story about a disappearing girl and the boy who looks for her.
Lianne La Havas' new album, Blood, comes out July 31.
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July 22, 2015 With this album, a London singer — a Prince favorite — and her versatile voice inch closer to mainstream pop.
Irrational Man is a Hitchcock-style mystery wrapped in a Woody Allen romance.
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July 17, 2015 NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews two crime movies — Irrational Man and Mr. Holmes — that have different philosophies on logic.
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Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in Trainwreck.
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July 17, 2015 The comedy Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, takes a few risks with the romantic comedy formula on which it ultimately relies. Plus: LeBron James!
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July 17, 2015 Amy Schumer plays a writer who dodges lovers' pleas for commitment in Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow. Critic David Edelstein says the film loses its "delightful momentum" when it gets serious.
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Ian McKellen in Mr. Holmes.
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July 16, 2015 While many versions of the classic detective rely on a lack of expression of emotion to define his character, the aging Sherlock played by Ian McKellen has feelings — regrets especially.
A scene from Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary The Look of Silence.
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July 16, 2015 The documentary The Act Of Killing looked at a brutal slaughter through the lens of action films. Joshua Oppenheimer's follow-up, The Look Of Silence, is just as powerful and more subtle.
Paul Rudd in Marvel's Ant-Man.
July 16, 2015 Hard as Paul Rudd may try, he can't put a spark in Ant-Man, an underpowered Marvel movie that badly needed the visionary director it unfortunately lost along the way.
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez (left) and Mya Taylor (right) (shown here with James Ransone) play transgender sex workers in Tangerine.
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July 11, 2015 Reviewer Justin Chang says a new film about transgender sex workers on Christmas Eve is a "warts-and-all immersion in one of L.A.'s seamier subcultures — and a terrific girlfriend movie to boot."
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