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AFI DOCS Examines Parental Influence for Good or Ill
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Hereditary Is One of the Best Movies You’ll Never Want to See Again
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Moody Teen Meets Mermaid in ‘Lu Over the Wall’
Energy went into the trippy animation rather than development of thinly sketched characters.
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A Cowboy Questions His Calling In ‘The Rider’
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Is ‘You Were Never Really Here’ Just Another Violent Redemption Story?
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‘A Quiet Place’ Asks: Who Are We If We Can’t Protect Our Kids?
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