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Stanley Tucci (center) and Tony Shalhoub (right) play bickering brothers running a restaurant — while busboy Cristiano (Marc Anthony) toils away — in 1996's "Big Night," a comedy drama from the Samuel Goldwyn Company.

Class of 1996: ‘Big Night’

A food film that also understands the push & pull, the pains & pleasures, and the insistent call of “the American dream” without speechifying or simplifying.
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A Tale of Love and Darkness

Despite the movie’s flaws, Portman’s sincerity and her and Tessler’s performances will remain with you after the credits roll.

William of Baskerville (Sean Connery) and Adso of Melk (Christian Slater) contemplate clues to a murder in "The Name of the Rose," a 1986 adaptation of Umberto Eco's novel.

Class of 1986: ‘The Name of the Rose’

Umberto Eco's assessment of this movie is unkind, but his book hasn't been stripped down to a tawdry whodunit. Here, the whydunit matters as much, if not more.
Gunrunners David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) fist-bump after delivering some Berettas to Iraq in "War Dogs," a 2016 comedy-drama from Warner Brothers.

War Dogs

Feels like a Martin Scorsese LEGO set, down to a Jonah Hill minifig with articulated middle fingers you can raise. Without him, "War Dogs" would be useless.

"Empty Space" (2016), directed by James Choi and starring Merrick Robison and Elizabeth Stenholt, is now playing at Indy Film Fest.

Indy Film Fest: Empty Space

Although rough around the edges, "Empty Space" is a coming-of-age film that meanders between moments both poignant and funny.
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Indy Film Fest: West of Her

A beautiful debut film both mysterious and enchanting, and anchored by a wonderful performance from Kesley Siepser, who’s a talent that deserves to be noticed.

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Criminal

A nonsensical spy plot and uncertain tone undermine a solid performance by Kevin Costner.
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Demolition

A well-intentioned film about the nuances of grief, "Demolition" tries its best to avert cliches but is largely unsuccessful.

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Buried Treasures: The Ice Storm

A serious, heartbreaking dramatic representation of ashes burned from the sexual revolution of the 1970s.
Uma Thurman stars in Miramax's "Beautiful Girls," a 1996 romantic dramedy directed by the late Ted Demme.

Class of 1996: ‘Beautiful Girls’

It may not philosophically aspire to much more than mirroring a popular Counting Crows lyric. But its barroom eloquence and stumblebum sadness all linger.

The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours

A drama based on a famed rescue from the annals of the Coast Guard that is pedestrian and formulaic in its presentation.
Michael Stone (voice of David Thewlis) takes a long, hard look at himself in "Anomalisa," a 2015 Paramount Pictures stop-motion animation film co-directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson.

Anomalisa

Dizzying and disarming, Charlie Kaufman's triumphant return is an acridly funny, achingly resonant and meticulously constructed film about love and loneliness.

"13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" is director Michael Bay's look at the infamous international siege.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Neither partisan nor propaganda, Michael Bay's film stares down the absurdity of 21st-century warfare politics with the force & brutal efficiency of a howitzer.
Things get hairy (and salivary) in "The Revenant," a 2015 20th Century Fox release.

Yap vs. Yap: The Revenant

In the latest Yap vs. Yap, Nick Rogers and Christopher Lloyd dress in layers of freshly cut fur, load their rifles and take aim at each other on "The Revenant."