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Review: Soderbergh takes Panama Papers to ‘The Laundromat’

Soderbergh’s “Laundromat” seeks to make sense of a story that is breathtakingly complex, with enough players and layers and locations and implications to make one’s head spin. Working with the screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, he takes a novel approach, creating an anthology of darkly comic vignettes to illustrate the grave premise that, in the face of global, anonymous, unregulated corruption, the little guys have zero chance at justice or accountability.

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Review: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ undermines important themes with goofy camp

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.

What worked about the first “Maleficent” was Jolie herself, trying on something softer, even funny, her face, enhanced with prosthetics, half of the visual spectacle. But “Mistress of Evil” crowds Jolie. Maleficent fades to the background, eclipsed by full-camp Pfeiffer as the evil, Trumpian dictator queen, an unholy combination of Slobodan Milosevic and Imelda Marcos.
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Review: The ‘Breaking Bad’ movie proves Jesse is lost without Walt

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 8:09 p.m.

Most everyone who mattered in AMC’s unsurpassed drama “Breaking Bad” had been killed off by the 2013 finale – a closing episode that still stands as one of TV’s best. There is no discernible reason the series should be followed by a film, other than placating series creator Vince Gilligan and fans who miss the world of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). But really, who among us, once dazzled by Heisenberg’s schemes, doesn’t miss Cranston tromping through scrub brush in his tighty whities or Paul smoking a bowl in a worn knit hat?
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Review: ‘The Addams Family’ reboot maintains its gently spooky charm but doesn’t break the mold

The enduring appeal of “The Addams Family” is quite impressive. With only four notes and a couple of snaps, plus a classic black dress, one can instantly evoke the classic American Gothic clan who are creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky. Since Morticia’s 1938 debut on the pages of the New Yorker in a cartoon drawn by Charles Addams, the unusual family has been iconic in every possible format.
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Review: ‘Ad Astra’ takes astronaut’s innermost self-exploration out of this world

“Ad Astra” is the story of a man’s journey to the outermost reaches of the universe and the innermost depths of himself. It’s a trip he has to make in isolation, yet one of the most indelible images in a film of indelible images is of an outstretched hand. Can Roy take it and allow himself to be helped, to be held? Despite the grandeur and glory of such a solo mission, sometimes it’s better to surrender to the whims of the world.