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Movie review: 'The Bad Batch' reveals a muddled but visually striking Texas-set dystopia

The title of "The Bad Batch," Ana Lily Amirpour's arid and feverish new movie, refers to the assorted undesirables who have been exiled by the U.S. government to a vast and barely habitable stretch of Texas wasteland. Under a merciless sun, a sullen new arrival named Arlen (the British actress Suki Waterhouse) is promptly captured by a gang of iron-pumping cannibals who tie her up, drug her and divest her of an arm and a leg.

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Movie review: 'After the Storm' is a quiet family drama that glows

Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda's enchanting movies are woven from the same gentle cloth: quiet, deceptively uncomplicated stories of families. We watch, leaning in to listen, waiting for something earthshaking to happen – and suddenly we realize that these characters have become a part of us. "Nobody Knows" was the heartbreaking tale of four young siblings abandoned by their mother; "Like Father, Like Son" brought us two couples devastated to learn that their children were switched at birth; "Our Little Sister" introduced a stepsibling into a family of grown sisters, letting us watch as she – and we – became part of a clan.

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Couple revealing their past makes for 'The Big Sick'

"The Big Sick" is the story of a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian, not unlike the film's star Kumail Nanjiani, who falls for a spunky woman from North Carolina, just like Nanjiani's real-life wife Emily V. Gordon. The romantic comedy follows a storyline of how the pair meet-cute, face a deadly health issue and discover there's no real obstacle big enough to stop two people in love. That's both what happens in the film and what occurred in the life of the writers. But despite all the parallels, Nanjiani feels better describing the new movie as "being inspired" by their real story.

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A new hope for Han Solo film?

It's official: Oscar-winning director Ron Howard is taking over the reins of Lucasfilm's Han Solo "Star Wars" spinoff. Whether that's a win for fans or the mark of a troubling turn to the dark side for the 40-year-old franchise remains to be seen.

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Movie review: 'The Bad Batch' has good look, but dull story

Director-writer Ana Lily Amirpour's first feature, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" from 2014, was such an original, revelatory vision – a hallucinatory vampire story set in an otherworldly mashup of California and Iran shot in a luminescent black and white – that it set the bar impossibly high for what she decided to do next. Sadly, her latest, "The Bad Batch" doesn't come close to clearing that hurdle.

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