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'Jackie' Review: The Woman and the Myth

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:40:45 EST

Natalie Portman stars as Jacqueline Kennedy in the period during and after her husband’s assassination.



'Things to Come' Review: A Life of Ideas

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:06:56 EST

Recently freed from many of life’s responsibilities, a still-vital philosopher confronts her future.



'Lion' Review: Mapping the Mysteries of Self

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:20:47 EST

An Indian boy adopted by a Tasmanian couple uses Google Maps to discover who he is and where he’s from.



'Moana': The Waves Part

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:44:56 EST

A 16-year-old princess must defy tradition by venturing beyond her island home of Motunui to save her people.



'Rules Don't Apply' Review: Fascinating Fictions

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:14:31 EST

In his first feature in 15 years, Warren Beatty plays a majestically eccentric Howard Hughes in midcentury Hollywood.



'Manchester by the Sea' Review: Instantly on the Map of Classics

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:45:13 EST

A janitor in New England suddenly finds himself responsible for his brother’s teenage son in Kenneth Lonergan’s stirring third feature.



'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' Review: In Search of Monsters

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:48:33 EST

A magizoologist heads to New York to track down mythical creatures in J.K. Rowling’s latest chronicle of wizardry.



'Arrival' Review: Landing on New and Familiar Territory

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:21:48 EST

Amy Adams stars as a linguist confronted by an alien invasion in Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller



'Almost Christmas' Review: Funny Festivities

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:46:31 EST

Comfort meets comedic craziness as a family tries to get along during the holidays following their mother’s recent death



'Loving' Review: A Superbly Argued Case

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 16:40:14 EDT

Jeff Nichols dramatizes the true-life story of an interracial couple who brought down America’s anti-miscegenation laws



'Hacksaw Ridge' Review: Saving Grace in the Firing Line

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:08:18 EDT

Mel Gibson’s film about Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor, is a tale of patriotism and faith.



'Doctor Strange' Review: Hold That Scalpel

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:05:23 EDT

In this latest Marvel offering, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as a neurosurgeon whose injured hands prevent him from practicing.



'The Eagle Huntress' Review: Soaring Documentary

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:09:37 EDT

A 13-year-old girl sets out to become the first female eagle hunter in 12 generations of her nomadic Kazakh family.



'Inferno': A Devil of a Time Making Sense

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:16:49 EDT

Tom Hanks returns as symbologist Robert Langdon in a Dan Brown thriller about population problems, Dante and the World Health Organization.



'Into the Inferno' Review: Explosive Herzog

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:03:10 EDT

Werner Herzog’s new documentary looks at volcanoes in the places they loom largest and hottest.



'Fire at Sea' Review: The Perils of Anxiety Sans Action

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:54:50 EDT

A stirring documentary about the migrant crisis plays out on a Sicilian island just 70 miles from North Africa



'Tampopo' Review: Noodles, Sex and Movies

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:53:53 EDT

Jûzô Itami’s 1985 Japanese-language comedy, one of the best films about food, gets a brilliant restoration



'Moonlight': Searing, Splendid Night Vision

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:29:02 EDT

Barry Jenkins has created a novelistic film about personal transfiguration and reinvention.



'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' Review: Who Needs Acting When You Have Action?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:57:26 EDT

Tom Cruise stars as the nomadic ex-military hero in a sequel that turns on treason, murder and a paternity suit



'The Handmaiden' Review: Serving the Perversity of Human Nature

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:27:01 EDT

Little is as it initially seems in Park Chan-wook’s surprising tale set in colonial Korea



'Certain Women' Review: A Fine Web of Loose Ends

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:36:03 EDT

Based on the short stories of Maile Meloy, Kelly Reichardt’s film is built on some extraordinary performances



'The Accountant' Review: Economics of Emotions

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 22:23:54 EDT

Ben Affleck plays an autistic numbers man who helps gangsters and terrorists cook their books



'Desierto' Review: Blood-Soaked Border Patrol

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:14:06 EDT

When a truck full of migrants trying to cross into the U.S. breaks down, a vigilante begins to kill them one by one



'The Birth of a Nation' Review: A Struggle to Match Its Fiery Subject

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:53:38 EDT

Nate Parker directs and stars in a film, surrounded by controversy, about Nat Turner and his 1831 rebellion.



'The Girl on the Train' Review: A Literary Ride

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 23:44:16 EDT

Paula Hawkins’s best-selling psycho-thriller gets a big-screen treatment.



'37' Review: An Ever-Shifting Image

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 17:23:43 EDT

Puk Grasten’s haunting dramatization of Kitty Genovese’s murder offers a chance to once again reconsider her and the crime



'Deepwater Horizon' Review: Fire on the Water

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:40:12 EDT

Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell star in an action film that recreates the 2010 drilling-rig explosion from the crew’s point of view.



'American Honey' Review: Door-to-Door Revelations

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:46:24 EDT

Andrea Arnold’s road movie tracks the odyssey of a wayward teen across the Bible Belt.



'Queen of Katwe' Review: A Gambit as Fresh as Life

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:45:40 EDT

A poor Ugandan girl’s chess skills take her around the world.



'The Lovers and the Despot' Review: Kim Jong Il: Mad Dictator, Cinéaste

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:45:53 EDT

A documentary recounting the North Korean leader’s quest to invigorate his country’s film industry, starting with a kidnapping.



'The Magnificent Seven' and 'Storks' Reviews: Vacant Vessels

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:47:29 EDT

A remake of an iconic western and an animated buddy movie are heavy on promotion but light on content.



'Snowden' Review: A Complex Life Turned to Stone

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:06:35 EDT

Oliver Stone’s biopic about the NSA contractor turned secrets-spiller is a fragmented vision of Edward Snowden’s journey.



'The Beatles: Eight Days A Week---The Touring Years' Review: Watching the Lads Grow Up

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:16:52 EDT

A documentary from Ron Howard traces the history of the Fab Four from their jubilant beginnings to the rigors of international fame.



'Bridget Jones's Baby' Review: Patchy Prepartum Production

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:07:02 EDT

Renée Zellweger returns as the titular diarist, trying to identify her baby daddy.



Telluride: Good Movies, Welcome Back

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 23:45:57 EDT

At the Telluride Film Festival, ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Frantz,’ ‘Graduation’ and other films provide a tonic to the grim offerings of summer movies.



'Sully' Review: The Power of Experience

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 21:36:48 EDT

Tom Hanks stars as Chesley Sullenberger, the veteran airline captain whose Hudson River landing made him a national hero