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New Reviews at RogerEbert.com for the week of May 30, 2014

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Maleficent

Review by Matt Zoller Seitz

This revision of "Sleeping Beauty" is clumsily directed, and the effects and backdrops are CGI soup, but there are also images of primordial power, and Angelina Jolie is haunting.

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Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Review by Matt Zoller Seitz

In this highly atmospheric drama, a Mexican immigrant boy runs away from his mother and has adventures in New York City.

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We Are the Best!

Review by Godfrey Cheshire

Moodyson gets spirited, engaging performances from his three young leads, and his directing style, which includes lots of handheld camera and zooming into close-ups of the leads, lends an air of both intimacy and improvisation. It’s very capable and audience-pleasing…

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Filth

Review by Glenn Kenny

"Filth" demonstrates that contemporary filmmakers would do well to fine new ways of getting their hands dirty. On the plus side, a viewing of the movie might temporarily cure just about anyone’s nostalgia for the mud.

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

Review by Brian Tallerico

The mistakes made in the production of “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” reminiscent of the worst comedic faults of the Happy Madison crew or even the “Epic Movie” guys, feel like the inevitable byproduct of a man-child…

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Night Moves

Review by Brian Tallerico

“Night Moves” eschews traditional tension-building through plot twists and betrayals to focus on its characters, as Reichardt uses her increasingly impressive sense of composition and intuitive pacing to slow burn the audience into a state of anxiety instead of manipulatively…

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Elena

Review by Christy Lemire

Intimate and impressionistic but ultimately a little self-indulgent, the documentary "Elena" explores the transcendent nature of the sisterly bond.

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Lucky Them

Review by Christy Lemire

Toni Collette radiates smarts, humor and a world-weary cool in "Lucky Them."

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The Big Ask

Review by Brian Tallerico

"The Big Ask" features a central protagonist who’s simply not likable, supporting characters who serve as little more than plot devices for its lead, and a flat tone that somehow seems to soften even its most likable stars.

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