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'Marshall' Review: Soundly Argued, Acutely Observed

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:54:11 EDT

A young Thurgood Marshall defends a black chauffeur accused of kidnapping and raping a wealthy white woman in Connecticut.



'Professor Marston & the Wonder Women' Review: Superhero Kink

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:39:29 EDT

The surprising story of Wonder Woman’s creation involves a Harvard psychology professor breaking social taboos.



'Human Flow' Review: Migrants Through an Artist's Eye

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:36:15 EDT

Ai Weiwei’s documentary offers a view of refugees quite apart from that on TV news reports.



'The Florida Project' Review: Precarious Joy in the Shadow of Disney

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:05:37 EDT

Sean Baker’s new film follows a group of children living in poverty just outside the iconic theme park.



'Blade Runner 2049' Review: A Classic Renewed With Soulful Beauty

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:14:57 EDT

The gift of life is explored in this sequel starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.



'American Made' Review: High-Flying History

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:31:56 EDT

Tom Cruise stars as the pilot who shuttled contraband for both the CIA and the Medellín Cartel.



'Lucky' Review: The Star Who Aspired to a State of Nothingness

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:06:47 EDT

Harry Dean Stanton, who died earlier this month, stars in this tribute to character actors.



'Abundant Acreage Available' Review: Living and Dying off the Land

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:06:11 EDT

After their father dies, two siblings must decide what to do with his 50-acre tobacco farm in North Carolina.



'The Sound' Review: Audible Horror

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:05:36 EDT

A debunker of the paranormal confronts the unknown in a subway station in this spooky sonic film.



'Battle of the Sexes' Review: With Ace Actors, but Not Without Its Faults

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:14:02 EDT

Steve Carell and Emma Stone star as Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King in the story of the infamous man vs. woman tennis match of 1973.



'Stronger' Review: What Makes a Hero?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:15:55 EDT

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman in a film that turns hero worship upside down.



'Shot' Review: Split-Screen Social Drama

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:15:36 EDT

Jeremy Kagan’s film tells the story of how one stray bullet changed three lives.



'Mother!' Review: Giving Birth to Madness

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 21:33:57 EDT

Darren Aronofsky offers a tension-filled trip into his personal underworld in the new film starring Jennifer Lawrence.



'Ex Libris: New York Public Library' Review: The Heart of a City

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:51:04 EDT

Frederick Wiseman’s documentary about the storied institution makes the case for the library as an urgent idea.



Seismic Rumble in the Rockies

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 22:46:07 EDT

This year’s Telluride Film Festival acknowledged the impact of streaming services on movies while staying true to its cinema calling.



Close Reunions of the Best Kind

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:03:40 EDT

A limited run of Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” on the film’s 40th anniversary offers a chance to compare the sci-fi masterpiece with modern blockbusters.



'Polina' Review: Risky Leaps, Moving Odyssey

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:10:43 EDT

From a husband-and-wife team comes an emotionally compelling, brilliantly acted film about a Russian dancer.



'Beach Rats' Review: Self-Discovery on the Boardwalk

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:33:58 EDT

Eliza Hittman’s coming-of-age story follows a young man’s sexual maturation in south Brooklyn.



'Sidemen: Long Road to Glory' Review: They Brought the Blues to Life

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:47:06 EDT

Pinetop Perkins, Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and Hubert Sumlin played with the greats, and this documentary hopes to give them the recognition they deserve.



'The Hitman's Bodyguard' Review: A Funny, Bloody Near-Miss

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:40:40 EDT

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson star in Patrick Hughes’s predictable, formulaic action comedy.



'Lemon' Review: Where Sour Meets Sweet

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:29:26 EDT

Chekhov, Caribbean cookouts and matzo are blended delicately in Janicza Bravo’s highly original movie.



'Marjorie Prime' Review: Future Tech for Lovers

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:25:31 EDT

Artificial intelligence allows an older widow to create a spiffed-up version of her husband in this sophisticated sci-fi film.



'The Trip to Spain' Review: Urbane Comedy Hits the Road Again

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:31:15 EDT

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return in the series that features luscious food, beautiful places and barbed rapport—this time with a bit of profundity in the trunk.



'Good Time' Review: Hurtling Toward Heartbreak

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:52:00 EDT

Robert Pattinson stars in this exhilarating thriller about bank robberies, hospital breakouts and the bond between brothers.



'Ingrid Goes West' Review: #love in the 21st Century

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:33:41 EDT

Aubrey Plaza stars as a social-media obsessive trying to find her ideal influencer.



The Stark Reality of Rossellini's Vision

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:12:52 EDT

Starting with ‘Rome Open City,’ Rossellini’s ‘War Trilogy’ pioneered cinematic realism with its unflinching view of World War II’s impact on Europe.



'Step' Review: Striving On- and Offstage

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 20:12:45 EDT

This documentary looks at the challenges faced by a female step-dancing team in an inner-city high school.



'Wind River' Review: Grief on the Reservation

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 12:51:25 EDT

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife tracker teams up with an FBI rookie to solve a killing on American Indian lands.



'Detroit' Review: Incendiary, Inspired, Indelible

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:44:19 EDT

Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film looks at the violence that erupted at the Algiers Motel during the Detroit riots of 1967.



'Atomic Blonde' Review: Explosive Action Fails to Ignite

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:44:22 EDT

Charlize Theron looms large as an MI6 agent at the end of the Cold War.



'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power' Review: Cold Realities of Global Warming

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:44:03 EDT

The followup to Al Gore’s 2006 film looks at the growing impact of climate change on the world.



'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' Review: For Our Eyes Only

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:35:04 EDT

Luc Besson’s sci-fi spectacle blasts off visually, but its two stars fail to shine.



'The Midwife' Review: Born of Experience

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:13:01 EDT

Martin Provost’s film stars two luminaries of French cinema, Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve, as a lonely midwife and her father’s long-ago mistress



'Dunkirk' Review: Finding Humanity in Calamity

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:32:38 EDT

Christopher Nolan’s giant-screen production revisits the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops from a French beach during the early days of World War II.



'War for the Planet of the Apes' Review: Evolving Deep Feelings and High Drama

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:44:54 EDT

The conclusion of a trilogy in the simian-human series crosses extravagant action with complex themes.



'Wonder Woman' Review: The DC Spectacular We've Been Waiting For

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 15:02:04 EDT

Gal Gadot fights, soars and shines as the iconic woman warrior of the comics.



'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' Review: Morte on Arrival

Thu, 11 May 2017 17:15:14 EDT

Guy Ritchie takes on the Arthurian legend with a raffish cast of characters and a glut of CGI.



'The Wedding Plan' Review: Finding the Groom to Be

Thu, 11 May 2017 13:50:05 EDT

When her engagement falls apart, an Orthodox Jewish woman schedules a wedding before deciding on the guy in Rama Burshtein’s rom com.



'Risk' Review: Cracking the Code on Assange

Fri, 05 May 2017 12:55:26 EDT

Laura Poitras’s latest documentary focuses on WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.



'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Review: Far-Flung Identity Quest

Fri, 05 May 2017 07:58:14 EDT

Star-Lord sets out to find himself in the followup to Disney and Marvel’s sci-fi comedy.



'Citizen Jane: Battle for the City': An Urban Legend Comes to Life

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:01:32 EDT

Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary evokes the immortal combat between writer-activist Jane Jacobs, and Robert Moses, the relentless titan of urban renewal.