Am I supposed to enjoy this?

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This image released by A24 shows Jessie Buckley in a scene from "Men." (Kevin Baker/A24 via AP) ORG XMIT: NYET169
This image released by A24 shows Jessie Buckley in a scene from "Men." (Kevin Baker/A24 via AP) ORG XMIT: NYET169

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How do you define entertainment?

I don't mean with a dictionary. I mean when you are watching a film or TV series. Because sometimes ones that are oustanding are not exactly what you would call a good time at the movies. (Or TV.)

Take "Men," for instance, Alex Garland's latest, in which the great Jessie Buckley plays a recently widowed woman who encounters nightmarish trouble when she rents a country house.

Garland makes brilliant movies, as anyone who has seen "Ex Machina" or "Annihilation" can attest. "Men" isn't as good as those films, but it is worth watching, because it's another chance to see Garland's interesting and often bizarre ideas played out.

But is it entertaining? Not in the traditional sense. In fact at times it's excruciating. It wouldn't be surprising if some people leave during the last act. Yet it's still worth seeing, at least in my view. Some movies — the upcoming "Top Gun: Maverick" comes to mind — are engineered specifically to keep you entertained.

Movies like "Men" are built to make you think. And that's a good thing.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Bill Goodykoontz At The Movies Newsletter