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Richard Roeper, a Sun-Times contributor since 1987 and a Chicago native, is the author of seven books and the former co-host of "Ebert & Roeper and the Movies." He is the film critic for ABC-7’s "Windy City Live."

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‘The Premise’: B.J. Novak drops five tall stories, and they don’t all land

Anthology series on Hulu puts unusual spins on issues of the moment including Internet trolling, the gun lobby and wokeness.

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‘Cry Macho’: Clint Eastwood hits the road in one of his lesser efforts

Flimsy film finds a broken-down rancher hiding out in Mexico with his friend’s teen son.

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‘Chicago Party Aunt’: Netflix sitcom’s a deep-dish delight, even while tapping every local cliche

The fun-loving reveler from Twitter is surrounded by so many lovable characters, we can forgive all the Fridge and Malort references.

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‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’: A dark future when dialogue is wacky and Nicolas Cage could blow up anytime

Post-apocalyptic action film lets the actor say overwrought things but isn’t campy enough to be camp.

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‘American Rust’: It gets very hard to stay with Showtime’s meandering steel-town drama

Like ‘Mare of Easttown,’ but less compelling, the series portrays a world-weary cop trying to solve complicated small-town murders.

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‘Scenes From a Marriage’: Even when tense, HBO remake always watchable

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain make a fiery pair of mates, bickering and reconnecting in an update of the Ingmar Bergman masterpiece.

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‘Queenpins’: Movie’s coupon con artists lack redeeming qualities

Broad comedy tries and fails to present its reckless heroines as feminist, Robin Hood heroes.

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‘The Voyeurs’: Neighbors who are spying in a plot no one’s buying

Sydney Sweeney and Justice Smith play the couple peeking at the hot people across the way as the thriller heads toward its dubious final twist

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‘Kate’: Winstead slays in the year’s third over-the-top female assassin movie

With hours to live, the killer takes on a sidekick and pursues revenge in stylish action thriller.

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‘The Card Counter’: In one of the year’s best films, Oscar Isaac plays a gambler who knows when to walk away

Director Paul Schrader’s brilliant noir expertly captures the intensity of its antihero and the sometimes exciting, sometimes depressing vibe of a casino.