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Movie review: Guilt fuels 'Unknown Girl'

When we first meet Jenny Davin (Adele Haenel), the smart, uncompromising young doctor who occupies every frame of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "The Unknown Girl," she is seeing a patient at the end of a long day at her clinic. A routine examination is interrupted by a sudden emergency in the waiting room, and even after the crisis is averted and the last of the patients have gone home, Jenny and her intern, Julien (Olivier Bonnaud), are tired, frustrated and on each other's last nerves.

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Movie review: 'Kingsman' sequel is cynical, offensive

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" caught many by surprise when it was released in 2014. On the surface, it's an updated, cheekier riff on Bond – the British gentleman spy gets an upgrade when a lower-class Cockney lad gets recruited into their ranks, utilizing his street smarts and brute force. It was shockingly violent, soundtracked to classic pop hits, and the one-two punch of director Matthew Vaughn's dizzying camera work and star Taron Egerton's crinkly-eyed charm pummeled audiences into thinking it was all "fun."

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Movie review: Judi Dench gives 'Victoria and Abdul' royal treatment

There are only a handful of actors who dramatically increase the quality of a film simply with their presence. Without the casting of Judi Dench as Queen Victoria in "Victoria and Abdul," the period film from director Stephen Frears would have been a passable story of how a woman, strangled by the confines of the monarchy, manages to reach out beyond the palace walls. Dench is such acting royalty that she elevates the tale to a more regal level.

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Amid the signs of directors' diminished clout, some visionary filmmakers stand tall in Toronto

Two days before the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival got under way, the news broke that Colin Trevorrow would no longer be directing "Star Wars: Episode IX," marking the latest high-profile split between Lucasfilm and a filmmaker hired to steer one of its most closely guarded properties. One week later, it was announced that Trevorrow would be replaced by J.J. Abrams, a known franchise quantity who successfully steered 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

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Movie review: 'Tiger Hunter' has small screen feel

If "The Tiger Hunter" had been presented as the pilot for a new network television show, it would have had a decent chance of making one of the schedules. It has the nostalgic feel of "The Goldbergs" as it takes place in the early '70s in Chicago. "The Tiger Hunter" also embraces the same kind of diversity in casting that got shows like "Fresh Off the Boat" on the air. And, it stars Danny Pudi, an actor who fit beautifully into the ensemble cast of the now defunct TV series "Community."

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