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08:31

'Blonde,' the new Marilyn Monroe biopic, is an exercise in exploitation, not empathy

The movie turns Monroe into an avatar of suffering, brought low by a miserable childhood, a father she never knew and an industry full of men who abused and exploited her until her death in 1962, at the age of 36.

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10:00

Viola Davis is 'The Woman King' in an epic story inspired by true events

Justin Chang is the film critic for the LA Times. He reviewed "The Woman King" starring Viola Davis.

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07:30

'Honk for Jesus' is an uneven but entertaining saga about scandal and redemption

After a scandal rocks their megachurch, a woman and her husband must rebuild their congregation and reconcile their faith by all means necessary to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen.

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08:29

'Three Thousand Years of Longing' will leave you charmed — and a little worn out

Film critic Justin Chang reviews the new fantasy films "Three Thousand Years Of Longing," starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba.

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05:54

Aubrey Plaza plays a fraudster in the mostly engrossing 'Emily the Criminal'

Aubrey Plaza plays in Emily the Criminal — an art-school dropout who masters the art of credit-card fraud in this new film

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08:00

The ordinariness of 'Ali & Ava' is what makes it extraordinary

Justin Chang reviews Ali & Ava

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08:15

Jordan Peele's 'Nope' blends blockbuster thrills with grand ideas

After tapping into the horrors lurking beneath the surface of American life in Get Out and Us, writer-director Peele ventures into alien sci-fi territory with his new thriller, Nope.

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07:41

Ryan Gosling deserves better than the snarky action thriller 'The Gray Man'

Gosling plays an assassin being chased by other assassins. That sounds exciting, but it isn't; it's a pileup of self-admiring one-liners and insanely violent but weirdly inconsequential action scenes.

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07:35

'Both Sides of the Blade' is a French melodrama about intimacy and illicit desire

Both Sides Now is a jolt of a movie, full of hot-blooded sensuality one moment but then oddly cool and studied the next, almost as if it were deconstructing itself as it went along.

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08:55

In the Greek film 'Apples,' a mysterious condition leaves people without memories

Apples takes place in a pandemic, however, people aren't spreading a deadly virus; they're inexplicably losing their memories.

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