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Remember How ‘Jumanji’ Was About American Deindustrialization?

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Last week, it was announced that a Jumanji remake had found its director. This project is not the first film based on the book, not the TV series, not the other movie that was a “spiritual sequel” to the first movie, and not the Goosebumps movie that… also weirdly sounded more like Jumanji than Goosebumps; it’s a whole other movie with a “new take on the book,” and now we know it will be helmed by Jake Kasdan (The New Girl, Fresh Off the BoatFreaks and Geeks).
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The Most Underrated Film Performances of 2015

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As the movie-going year draws to a close, we’re seeing the customary flurry of year-end lists and awards — and, as usual, a lot of the same names on all of them. This isn’t an altogether bad or unexpected thing; consensus opinions often form because things are legitimately great, so you can’t blame the critics’ groups and awards bodies for all the kudos they’re bestowing upon the likes of Carol and Spotlight. But it’s also worth nothing some of the performers who did legitimately great work this year, yet aren’t, for whatever reason, part of the “awards conversation.” These are a few of our favorites.
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Dope,’ ‘Aladdin’

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Yes, that’s right, our top two recommended new releases this week are a hard R-rated drugs and hip-hop comedy and a quintessential Disney movie, whaddaya want, our tastes are eclectic. But there is a thread connecting them: one was a ‘90s favorite, and the other is singularly obsessed with that era. Also on the shelf this week: a Sundance sensation, an early effort from one of our favorite filmmakers, and a whole mess of free flicks on YouTube.
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The 10 Best Uncredited Film Performances by Famous Actors

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The third-act appearance of Kevin Spacey as ‘Seven’ killer John Doe blindsided opening weekend audiences, since Spacey was unbilled on posters and in the opening credits, and unseen in the trailers and TV spots. It’s a good trick—and part of a long-running tradition of surprise, unbilled appearances by actors and actresses of note. …Read More

‘Boulevard’ Director Dito Montiel on Robin Williams’ Final Performance

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When director Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) cast Robin Williams in his low-budget drama Boulevard, he merely thought he was lucking out, signing a terrific actor and marquee name for what was otherwise a very small, intimate film. Little did he know, it would turn out to be one of Williams’ final films (specifically it was his last live-action film to be released, although last year’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was shot later). That knowledge gives the film extra weight and poignancy, but it also turns Boulevard into a fitting tribute to Williams’ considerable dramatic gifts.
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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Movies You Need to See in July

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The arthouses are positively bursting in July, which is a relief, since we’re looking at a pretty weak-looking studio slate this month (Pixels? Self/Less? Effing Minions?). In fact, there are so many good ones that we’ve busted out of our customary ten-or-so format to recommend a baker’s dozen documentaries and indies, ranging from icon profiles to no-budget dramas to star-driven comedies. Dig in:
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Beyond the Lights,’ ‘The Fisher King’

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We’ve seen some grim weeks for new releases in the half-year or so that this column has run, but never one quite like this — I mean, seriously, try to find a movie you’ve even heard of in this sad bunch. Luckily, the week’s not a total washout, thanks (as usual) to Netflix and Criterion; the former is debuting a gripping documentary, an earnest love story, and one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final films, while the latter gives us a Terry Gilliam classic and a German antiwar film that you probably haven’t seen, but should.
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