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The Great Wall, not so great, A Cure for Wellness, slow acting, and real BC history at The End of the Road

Also salutations in film for Gordon Pinsent and the return of an Oscar contender named Ove

A gem of animation, a dog’s wacky life and finding the truth in a notorious crime

Also a couple of poignant films from down under plus Werner Herzog’s view of the internet and remembering Frank Zappa’s thoughts on everything

The Boss is crass and Everybody Wants Some pleases but Hank Williams gets a bland bio pic

Also a thriller from Argentina, The Clan, a strange form of recovery from grief, Demolition, and a rigorous look at right-wing media, The Brainwashing of My Dad

Michael Bay explains Benghazi, Charlie Kaufman does Anomalisa and the Macbeths reveal what made them do it

Also Ingrid Bergman’s own story, a tour of Renaissance masterpieces and weak films for kids and voyeurs

M. Night’s unremarkable Visit, Marlon Brando’s own story and shaky justice in an Indian Court

It’s a slow week at the movies but it’s brought two very good ones: Court and Listen to Me Marlon

Spy antics in 'American Ultra', 'Bikes vs Cars' around the world and a funny man’s beginnings

Also a surreal Canadian musical, a bleak view of millennials and a bland horror film

Reviews of Tomorrowland, Saint Laurent and Welcome to Me

Also radical jihadists laying down the new law in Timbuktu

New holiday movies include The Wolf of Wall Street, Mandela and Inside Llewyn Davis

Leonardo DiCaprio leads the pack this week as a shady stockbroker living the high life.

Our best director goes Hollywood; two Chinese stars in a comic romp, J.D. Salinger’s story re-told and art thieves at work

Denis Villeneuve makes his first Hollywood film with Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano

Contagion, Warrior, Gainsbourg, The Interrupters vs. gang violence and a restored masterpiece

In Contagion, Kate Winslet tries to get a viral epidemic taken seriously before it spreads worldwide.