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'The Crash' Review: A Bull Market in Silliness

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:48:45 EST

The government enlists one hacker to catch a hacker in Aram Rappaport’s convoluted financial thriller

'Reset' Review: Lord of the Dance

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:10:37 EST

A documentary follows Benjamin Millepied’s brief, reformist stint as the head of the Paris Opera Ballet

'Hidden Figures' Review: Breaking Barriers of Space, Race and Gender

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:22:35 EST

How three black women in the segregated South helped put a man into orbit

'Toni Erdmann' Review: Pricelessly Preposterous Parental Guidance

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:17:34 EST

A father, a daughter and the father’s alter ego figure in Maren Ade’s German-language comedy, which is outlandishly funny and improbably moving

'Live by Night' Review: Emotional Absence

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:38:27 EST

Ben Affleck’s prohibition-era gangster film is a technically proficient effort in which feeling is forgotten

'20th Century Women' Review: Vintage Bening, Heady Times

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:37:16 EST

Mike Mills’s comedy, set in 1979, follows a diverse group of family and friends in a story about coming of age and coming into feminist awareness.

'Lone Wolf and Cub': Bloody, Absurd and Influential

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 12:39:28 EST

The six-film collection, recently released by the Criterion Collection, follows a shogunate executioner and his toddler son who roam the countryside, leaving destruction in their wake.

'Pioneers of African-American Cinema' Review

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:03:57 EST

A collection of largely forgotten movies made by black filmmakers for black audiences, from the silent era till after World War II.

'Silence' Review: Torturous Tests of Faith

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:45:52 EST

Martin Scorsese’s film follows two Portuguese Jesuit missionaries who travel to Japan in the 17th century.

'A Monster Calls' Review: Dream Therapy

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:45:10 EST

A sagacious monster helps a sleeping boy with his waking-life nightmares.

'Passengers' Review: Sleepy Sci-Fi Lost in Space

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:16:47 EST

After awakening early from hibernation on an intergalactic journey, two passengers have the ship to themselves.

'Julieta' Review: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:10:46 EST

Pedro Almodóvar’s film, based on stories by Alice Munro, reflects on fate, generation gaps, and a mother’s quest to find her daughter.

'Patriots Day' Review: Heroism in the Face of Horror

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:12:02 EST

A dramatization of the Boston Marathon bombing depends on an unusual density of detail

'Fences' Review: A Play That Fills the Screen Fully

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:27:27 EST

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis star in August Wilson’s play about the struggles of a black family in 1950s Pittsburgh

'Neruda' Review: Poet vs. Police

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:39:14 EST

Pablo Larraín’s film follows a Pablo Neruda on the run from a cop who might be an invention of his literary mind

'Collateral Beauty' Review: Return to Sender

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:18:50 EST

Will Smith plays a devastated father who corresponds with Love, Time and Death

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Review: Death Star Data Dump

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:48:45 EST

Joe Morgenstern reviews the latest entry in the “Star Wars” universe, which follows the rebel forces on a mission to steal the plans for the planet-destroying machine.

'La La Land' Review: That's Entertainment

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:24:37 EST

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star in a joyous musical that evokes Hollywood’s golden age.

'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