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"The journey's the destination, sweetheart," says Curtis, the slick gambler in Mississippi Grind, played by with the air of a man who almost believes his winning streak is unbreakable. That statement encapsulates both the beauty and the limitations of this latest film by writer-director team and , a meandering road movie enriched by its fine-grained study of character and milieu, but somewhat lethargic and momentum-deprived in terms of narrative. Still, admirers of the...

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Strong performances from and keep Stockholm, Pennsylvania intense and absorbing, but Nicole Beckwith's initial impulse to tell her confinement story as a stage play feels as if it might have been a sounder choice. Grim, claustrophobic and ultimately somewhat schematic, this account of a young woman's difficult return home to her parents, almost 20 years after she was kidnapped, invites unfavorable comparison with Emma Donaghue's compelling 2010 novel Room, which developed far more bracing and...

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Many journalists who have written feature profiles of public figures will have experienced that light-bulb moment, once the cautious mutual-assessment phase is concluded and you start digging for the meat, when the subject perhaps casually reveals some illuminating aspect of him- or herself around which the entire article can be built. Those moments come thick and fast in The End of the Tour, James Ponsoldt`s exquisitely elegiac film about , examined over the course of a five-day interview with Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, 12...

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