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Review: Meta and mad, ‘The Congress’ is a trip

This photo released by courtesy of Drafthouse Films shows Robin Wright (playing a version of herself) projecting wonder within the machine scanning her likeness in Drafthouse Films’ sci-fi epic, "The Congress." (AP Photo/Drafthouse Films)

“Very soon, this whole structure that we all love so much will be gone,” prophesies Danny Huston’s wide-grinning movie studio head in Ari Folman’s “The Congress.”

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Review: Ex-007 actor spying again in ‘Nov. Man’

This image released by Relativity Media shows Pierce Brosnan in a scene from "The November Man." (AP Photo/Relativity Media, Aleksandar Letic)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Onetime 007 Pierce Brosnan embraces a darker take on spycraft in Roger Donaldson’s “The November Man,” playing a former CIA agent whose autumnal nickname acknowledges his tendency to leave few alive when he passes through a town. A familiar string of dark secrets, shifting allegiances and (wo)man-who-knew-too-much pursuit propels the storyline (adapted from one in a series of Bill Granger novels), giving Brosnan the opportunity to prove his cool remains intact, sans tux and gadgets. “November Man” won’t do anything like Bond’s box office, but will satisfy the actor’s fans and moviegoers biding their time until the next top-shelf le Carre-style thriller.

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Review: ‘As Above’ so-so

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Perdita Weeks in a scene from the film, "As Above, So Below." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here,” is the inscription uncovered by a gang of 20-something treasure hunters in the catacomb-hopping horror flick, “As Above, So Below.” But the warning could easily apply to viewers checking out this rather hopeless mash-up of “The Descent” and “(Rec),” not to mention a dozen other found-footage movies that have clogged the screens over the last five years.

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China courts documentaries as it limits expression

In this photo taken Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, Li Xianting, a film critic and founder of the Li Xianting Film Fund, the organizer of the Beijing Independent Film Festival smokes as he meets journalists after he was released in Beijing, China. China is avidly wooing filmmakers to create more documentaries to replace popular dating, reality and game shows. But it is also stifling material with any whiff of challenging the Communist Party line. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING (AP) — China is wooing filmmakers at the same time as it’s cracking down on them.

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Correction: Britain-Obit-Richard Attenborough

LONDON (AP) — In an obituary Aug. 24 on actor-director Richard Attenborough, The Associated Press erroneously reported that “In Which We Serve,” a movie starring Attenborough, won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1942. The film did not win that award — the best picture that year was “How Green Was My Valley.”

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