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New Reviews at RogerEbert.com for the week of August 19, 2016

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New Reviews at RogerEbert.com for the week of August 19, 2016

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Ben-Hur

Review by Glenn Kenny

This is a "Ben-Hur" of and for its time, but also a little better than its time, it turns out.

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War Dogs

Review by Matt Zoller Seitz

War Dogs is a film about horrible people that refuses to own their horribleness.

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Kubo and the Two Strings

Review by Christy Lemire

A classic hero's journey full of action and adventure; an intimate fable about love and loss, magic and memory.

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Spa Night

Review by Sheila O'Malley

Even with its flaws, "Spa Night" is an extremely personal film. We need more of those.

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A Tale of Love and Darkness

Review by Susan Wloszczyna

While Portman excels at sensitive depictions of smaller moments, she struggles to root her directing debut with a broader-scale "you-are-there" authenticity.

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Imperium

Review by Peter Sobczynski

A depressingly familiar (when it isn't just depressing) thriller and the casting of Radcliffe only contributes further to its failings.

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Morris From America

Review by Angelica Jade Bastien

Morris from America is not the kind of film that stays with you, but its central performances do.

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Ixcanul

Review by Alissa Wilkinson

A mesmerizing, understated tragedy about the cycle of life and a stunning debut for writer/director Jayro Bustamante.

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The People vs. Fritz Bauer

Review by Godfrey Cheshire

Kraume's mounting of this post-World War II tale, while capable enough, is also rather staid and conventional.

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Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Review by Matt Zoller Seitz

Werner Herzog contemplates the Internet. What more do you need to know?

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