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Movie review: 'Beach Rats' is riveting, deeply compelling

Hazy summer nights lit with neon lights. Salty mist, smoky cigarettes. Peeking midriffs, lanky arms and torsos dripping with seawater; undulating in a cheap motel. This is the furtive, nocturnal, sensory world of Frankie (Harris Dickinson), effortlessly spun like sugar by writer-director Eliza Hittman in her sophomore feature, "Beach Rats." Frankie and his friends, a group of young Coney Island hoodlums without much to do, spend their evenings trolling the boardwalk for babes and bud.

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Why action movie franchises continue despite poor box office performances

When "Transformers: The Last Knight" arrived in theaters this past June, virtually everyone hated it. The fifth installment in Michael Bay's robot-vehicle franchise was the worst-reviewed yet, earning a dismal 14 percent at RottenTomatoes and dubbed "2017's Most Toxic Movie" by Rolling Stone. Audiences, too, shunned the film. With a $44 million opening weekend, less than half that of the previous film, "The Last Knight" is shaping up as the worst performer in the series by far.

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A couple of Safdies out for a 'Good Time'

In sync with the pace of their latest feature, "Good Time," things are moving fast for Josh and Ben Safdie. At this year's Cannes Film Festival their mad sprint of a crime thriller, starring Robert Pattinson as a small-time hood scrambling one step ahead of the law after a bank robbery, enjoyed a warm reception (not without controversy; see below). The prestigious distributor A24, backers of last year's Academy Award-winning gem "Moonlight," is handling "Good Time" as well as the Safdie brothers' next film, "Uncut Gems," based on their father's experiences in midtown Manhattan's diamond district. That one is set to star Jonah Hill; Scott Rudin is producing, with Martin Scorsese aboard as executive producer. Big league time.

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James Cameron on 3-D 'Terminator 2': It's a 'thrill'

Director James Cameron has always embraced the newest technology available when making his movies. For his 1991 feature "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," Cameron teamed with Industrial Light & Magic to produce the liquid metal special effect that allowed the murderous robot from the future, the T-1000 (Robert Patrick), to morph into multiple shapes.

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Movie review: Enhanced 'T2' is bigger, better that ever

"Terminator 2: Judgment Day" established its place 26 years ago among the top feature films ever made. Under the brilliant guidance of director James Cameron, the movie not only set new standards for special effects but flawlessly blended a tale of an apocalyptic event in the near future brought on by robots with a story of a very different family. Granted, the father in the scenario was emotionally cold, didn't understand love and focused entirely on his job but that's not too different from many dads in other feature films focused on family.

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