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New Reviews at RogerEbert.com for the week of January 20, 2017

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New Reviews at RogerEbert.com for the week of January 20, 2017

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Split

Review by Christy Lemire

It's exciting to see Shyamalan on such confident footing once more, all these years later.

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The Founder

Review by Matt Zoller Seitz

This film could have been titled "There Will Be Beef."

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Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire

Review by Simon Abrams

Palmer's film is that rare concert doc that isn't for established fans only.

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xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Review by Glenn Kenny

The last forty minutes of the movie do come together in a pretty diverting way.

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The Red Turtle

Review by Simon Abrams

Dudok de Wit, co-writer Pascale Ferran, and an accomplished battalion of animators have created a thoroughly disarming fairy tale, one that initially appears familiar, but eventually reveals itself to be something new, and altogether unexpected.

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Detour

Review by Glenn Kenny

Neither narrative is particularly compelling, but the road trip one has an edge, because travel's always fun.

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Staying Vertical

Review by Glenn Kenny

The movie's irreverence is in certain respects commendable, but its po-faced attempts at cinematic philosophizing are transparently stilted.

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Trespass Against Us

Review by Godfrey Cheshire

Unless 2017 turns into a truly disastrous time for movies, it may be the worst of the year is already here.

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Antarctica: Ice & Sky

Review by Mark Dujsik

These scientists whom we see throughout the film are not in it for fame or glory or money. Their research comes at great personal risk to life and limb.

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They Call Us Monsters

Review by Matt Fagerholm

There's a considerable amount of catharsis in "They Call Us Monsters," but it is bittersweet at best.

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The Book of Love

Review by Christy Lemire

The feature debut of director and co-writer Bill Purple does not feature a single authentic moment. Imperfect would actually be a step up.

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