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Takashi Miike's newest flick, "First Love," is a high-energy genre hodgepodge about a terminally ill boxer who finds purpose by protecting a runaway call girl. "Joker," "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" and more also open in theaters this week. Read more

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Here are our picks this week in the areas of art, books, comedy, film, food and drink, music, performance and more. Read more

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In Rupert Goold’s sturdy biopic, Renee Zellweger stars as the famed singer/actor decades after her starring roles in classics like “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “A Star is Born.” Read more

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Mind-numbingly obvious, the “Lord of the Flies” ripoff entitled “Monos” takes its name after the revolutionary “organization” who’s provided the feeble disciplinary structure for these young child soldier castoffs. Read more

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Being 17 Like a hormonal teenager, André Techiné's Being 17 fluctuates between elation and melancholy. Sometimes the camera races at a furious clip, as it does during the frantic opening credi Read more

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Give them space. Respect their privacy. Let them mourn. Such common responses to tragedy are consistently challenged by Kenneth Lonergan's harrowing new drama Manchester by the Sea . Read more

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Tower, which opens Friday, Nov. 25, at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park, is a strangely intoxicating deconstruction of the non-fiction form. Read more

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Suffering from the post-election blues? John Carney’s Sing Street might be the perfect film to temporarily lift your spirits. Set in Dublin during the 1980s, this coming-of-age blast of nostalgia is obsessed with the future Read more

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Our favorite new books, apps, shows and other cultural tidbits to get you through the holiday. Read more

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When truck drivers Gorô (Tsutomu Yamazaki) and Gun (Ken Watanabe) get hungry on their way to Tokyo, they stop for a warm meal at a roadside ramen joint run by Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto). They are met with a ramshackle interior, imposing thug... Read more

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Common human decency suggests that you shouldn’t kick someone when they’re down. Elle takes place in an alternate reality where the opposite is true. Read more

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Soaring over the Mongolian steppe, The Eagle Huntress opens with an IMAX-style montage that immediately establishes an organic connection with the natural world. Read more

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Arrival , which opens Friday, Nov. 11, will be one of the first films widely released after what could be a historically contentious Election Day. By that time the film's anti-isolationist and pro-unity themes will undoubtedly feel timely f... Read more

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Yes, this year of all years we need Moonlight , which opens Friday, Nov. 4. It's a film of the future, presenting a cinematic space where being in the presence of black bodies does not inspire fear or angst. Read more

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Antonio Campos' Christine initially seems like a more traditional biopic, yet it has equally idiosyncratic tendencies. Read more

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Aquarius opens Friday, Oct. 28, at Angelika Carmel Mountain Cinemas, and it deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible. Read more

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Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden has the look of an elegant period piece. Elaborate mansion interiors frame stoic characters dressed to the nines in suave suits and bright-hued dresses. Read more

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Reichardt's latest film might be undeniably sad at times, but it's also devoid of self-pity and apathy. Every bit contains wisdom that stretches as far as the eye can see. Read more

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Kate Plays Christine , which opens Friday, Oct. 21, at Digital Gym Cinema, reveals the long-gestating fissures that form between memory and interpretation, something applicable to everyone on camera and arguably those behind it as well. Read more

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In a year that's seen so much nasty rhetoric and vitriol, Long Way North , opening Friday Oct. 14 at Digital Gym Cinema, feels like a wise palette cleanser from a bygone era that reminds us how to lead a fulfilling life. Read more

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