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Jeff Nichols/Bikeriders profileBelieve it or not, Jeff Nichols is tired of critics comparing his latest movie to Goodfellas. There are surface similarities between the Austin-based filmmaker’s sixth feature, The Bikeriders, and the Martin Scorsese Mafia epic that regularly places high on lists of the greatest films ever made. Both movies are sprawling character studies whose stories span years. The films both indicate the passage of time through era-specific music cues, use voice-over narration and freeze-frames, and ultimately accomplish the trick of glamorizing—then exposing the dark underside of—a subculture that’s long been romanticized in the popular consciousness. Nichols’s film spent the latter half of 2023 on the film-festival circuit, building buzz for its eventual wide release on June 21. At those festival screenings, critics largely took to the…

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