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The 7 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Man Up’

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After a brief, Sundance-induced hiatus last week, our home media column is back and our cup runneth over – seven movies this week instead of the customary five. (But if it evens it out for you, at least three are movies most other critics don’t recommend.) The spectrum this week runs from a Best Picture nominee to a first-person dating documentary to a charmingly goofy rom-com; a little something for everyone, in other words, even you fans of mediocre Bill Murray movies.
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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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Harvey Weinstein Is Dead Right: “Awards Season” Is Hurting Smart Films for Adults

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Harvey Weinstein is multitalented: he co-founded Miramax and The Weinstein Company, executive-produced Pulp Fiction, Scream, and Good Will Hunting, produced Broadway shows, and carved out a niche as one of the film industry’s most colorful personalities. But what he really wanted to do was write, apparently, and yesterday, he penned a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter about awards season — a subject he’s no slouch on.
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What’s a Smart Actor Like Reese Witherspoon Doing in a Disaster Like ‘Hot Pursuit’?

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When the first trailer hit for the Reese Witherspoon/Sofia Vergara vehicle Hot Pursuit a couple months back, the universal reaction seemed a widespread, “But… why?” For Vergara, it’s almost understandable — an above-title studio starring role for a charismatic performer who’s usually stuck in supporting roles. But why on earth was Reese Witherspoon — an Oscar winner and recent nominee, one of our savviest and smartest actor/producers — wasting her time with an aggressively stupid buddy-cop throwaway? Did she owe somebody a favor? (Like, a serious, fine-you-saved-my-life-so-I’ll-star-in-your-terrible-movie favor?)
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