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Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) gets a look into Giant Country thanks to a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures hide caption

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Spielberg's 'The BFG' Parallels Another Friendly Outcast

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'Swiss Army Man' Leaps From Realism To Fantasy

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Genius does its best to make the editing process between Max Perkins (Colin Firth) and Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) kinetic. Marc Brenner/Courtesy of Roadside Attractions hide caption

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'Genius' Is, As The Saying Has It, 10% Inspiration, 90% Perspiration

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Alfredo Castro (left) and Luis Silva star in From Afar, a thriller from Caracas that blends social and sexual politics. Courtesy of Strand Releasing hide caption

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'From Afar' Draws You In By Holding You At Arm's Length

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The artist Robert Cenedella, who is now 76 now, in his studio in the early in his career. Robert Cenedella/Courtesy of Cavu Pictures hide caption

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'Art Bastard': A Rebel With A Canvas

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From Sequels To Reboots, Familiar Faces Return To The Multiplex This Summer

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Weiner is an inside look at the ups and downs of a fiery political figure. Courtesy of Sundance Selects hide caption

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'Weiner' Is An Intriguingly Nuanced Look At An Easy Punch Line

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Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in The Lobster, which plays around with the idea of compatibility. Despina Spyrou/Courtesy of A24 hide caption

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'The Lobster': A Rom-Com With Satirical Claws

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Jesus (Héctor Medina) as the title character, Viva. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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'Viva': Seeking A Spot In Havana's Spotlight

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Marnie (Susan Sarandon) and Lori (Rose Byrne) sharing a mother-daughter Valentine's Day dinner. Jaimie Trueblood/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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'The Meddler' Pokes Fun Without Mocking The Mom

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AMC Backtracks On Experiment To Allow Texting In Theaters After Outcry

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Feats Of Technical Magic Bring Disney's New 'Jungle Book' To Life

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